Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Lets talk about the draft

I read a good story by Lawrence O'Donnell today...

Rangel [a Korean war vet] announced on Sunday that he wants to reinstate the draft. He said the same thing a few years ago but quickly let on that he wasn't serious. He's playing it straight this time and has already introduced a bill. Local New York TV news has given Rangel saturation coverage. You can see his anger and frustration building each time he answers another reporter's question about the draft. The point he keeps repeating is: "There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way."

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Well over 95% of Americans, including Congress and White House staff, have no personal connection to this war--no relative or friend serving in Iraq. Over 99% of us have made no sacrifice for this war--we have not paid one more penny of taxes nor shed a drop of family blood. One of my military relatives thinks of it this way: "The American military is at war, but America is not at war."

And that's it: if a significant portion of our leaders and legislators had a family member in harms way the debate would be markedly different. It it truly telling that the leadership class in America not only hordes the spoils of commerce, but is also able to evade the call to duty.

3 comments:

Intellectual Insurgent said...

While I agree with Rangel's sentiment, no one put a gun to the heads of the kids who are serving. Indeed, I would bet that many of them would have ended up in the military anyways. It is not us, the average American joe, who should be outraged about the class disparity in military service - it should be the rank and file. Frankly, if they aren't upset about the fact that Bush's kids will never see combat, why should I be?

And the draft did not deter America's wholesale destruction of Vietnam. It just made the rich be more creative with their dodging tactics.

skip sievert said...

The way things are going they may need a draft , as who would join up now.?

Desperate people from the lower class with little opportunity.?

Since our economy runs on war and policing the world , more soldiers will be needed to play enforcer to our economic dominance.
Unless the system is changed this just repeats itself over and over.

The reward of war in economic terms is great. It will therefore go on.

Vigilante said...

Draft Republicans first.