Monday, June 13, 2005

Draft on tap

Sen. Joe Biden pours a cold draught of reality on a hot issue that's been simmering on the back burner since before the 04 elections. I predicted back then that the draft would be back. Why else would they be quietly rebuilding the manpower of the Selective Service Boards?

You didn't have to be clairvoyant to call that one and with military recruitment at dangerously low levels, Biden notes,
"We're going to have to face that question," Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press" television show when asked if it was realistic to expect restoration of the draft. "The truth of the matter is, it is going to become a subject, if, in fact, there's a 40 percent shortfall in recruitment. It's just a reality," he said.

Of more concern and virtually unmentioned so far, is the widening criteria for who can be called. Don't feel too exempt just because you're not an 18-27 year old male.
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Anonymous KS said...

A draft for the war in Iraq would be political suicide for Bush and friends. I don't see it happening, especially with polls showing nearly 70% of Americans are unhappy with the way things are going in Iraq.

On the other hand, Bush is losing in Iraq and he hates to lose. He may just reactivate the draft in a last ditch effort to salvage the situation.

Either way, I think Americans are going to be very vocal about this issue and unleash a fury that will make the Vietnam era demonstrations seem like a dress rehearsal.

7:48:00 PM  

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