Would Bush and his pals still want to go war with Iraq if their kids could get drafted?

  • Washington Post: Some Democrats Urge Broad U.S. Military Draft

    While I am 100% opposed to compulsory military service, I gotta say these Democrats have a good point. Listen to this excerpt from the story….

      (Reps. Charles Rangel of New York and John Conyers of Michigan, both Korean War veterans) . . .called on Tuesday for bringing back the military draft, saying political leaders would be more wary of sending troops to Iraq if their children were going to help do the fighting.

      The Bush administration quickly dismissed the idea as unnecessary and unwise, and it was expected to gain little traction in the Republican-led Congress.

    No surprise there since Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft, and Lott all dodged the draft during their youth by using their elitist connections. If they were truly opposed to war, they should have served their years of civilian C.O. service state-side like thousands of others did.

    As always the fat cats send poor folks to fight their wars, while keeping their own sons safe at home.

      . . . (Rangel and Conyers) said the nation must debate whether it should continue with a fighting force comprised disproportionately of people from low-income families and minorities.

      Their bill would require military or national service for men and women, ages 18 to 26, without exemptions for college or graduate studies.

      “I believe that if those calling for war knew that their children were likely to be required to serve — and to be placed in harm’s way — there would be more caution and greater willingness to work with the international community in dealing with Iraq,” Rangel said at a news conference.

      “It has unfortunately become the duty of someone else’s child to go to war and die as the privileged evade the tragic consequences of war,” Conyers said in a statement.

    One thing I very much agree with is this proposed draft would be of both genders. No excuse for Dubya’s daughters. They should have to enlist too.

    This of course is all a media stunt. There will be no draft (at least not right now as Iraq will be “easy” war for the US to win) but there will be continued exploitation of the poor and minority communties who will be forced to participate in this war through the virtual draft caused by poverty and over-zealous military recruitment efforts.

    I for one am sick of military recruiters preying upon high school students, especially when they lie to them about how the military will provide them a wealth of education opportunities and experience that will be applicable in the civilian world.

    Military recruiters should be banned by law from high school campuses but of course the law is actually the exact opposite. Today schools are forced by law to violate student privacy by giving information on EVERY student to Uncle Sam. Even parents can’t opt their children out of this information gathering requirement.