Sunday, November 19, 2006


At a time when some lawmakers are urging the military to send more troops to Iraq, "I don't see how anyone can support the war and not support the draft," said Rangel. "I think to do so is hypocritical."

Those are the words of Representative Charles Rangel of New York Sunday morning while appearing on Face The Nation. Americans would be required to sign up for a new military draft after turning 18 if Rangel, the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has his way.

"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," Rangel said.
Rangel, a veteran of the Korean War, has said the all-volunteer military disproportionately puts the burden of war on minorities and lower-income families. Rangel said he will propose a measure early next year but admits that there is little apparent support among the public or lawmakers for it. "If we're going to challenge Iran and challenge North Korea and then, as some people have asked, to send more troops to Iraq, we can't do that without a draft." He said having a draft would not necessarily mean everyone called to duty would have to serve. Instead, "young people (would) commit themselves to a couple of years in service to this great republic, whether it's our seaports, our airports, in schools, in hospitals," with a promise of educational benefits at the end of service.
Outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress in June 2005 "there isn't a chance in the world that the draft will be brought back." Yet the prospect of the long global fight against terrorism and the continuing U.S. commitment to stabilizing Iraq have kept the idea in the public's mind.


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Anonymous Capt. Dan said...

Didn't we hear the same "poor and minority" gripe during the vietnam war when there WAS a draft? Come on people, NOBODY is forced to join the military right now, so how can it be biased to the poor & minorities? Besides, wouldn't anyone joining without a draft, also join if there were one? Think about it! This a$$hole is just trying to get something else implemented during Bush's admin so they can spin it to be HIS fault. After all, he destroyed New Orleans with Katrina, didn't he? (Completely off topic now: funny nobody EVER blamed Bush for the rest of the cities which were damaged. By the SAME hurricane.)

Capt. (former Petty Officer, USN)Dan

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Mike from Avon said...

I agree with Capt. Dan. You will always have slumps where the sign ups are low but maybe if the administration would stop screwing things up people would be more inclined to join. Also, it still baffles me how the military is kicking gays out even after they have proven themselves with years of service. Linguists are is such short supply and sorely needed yet I have seen on various network news shows they would discharge well-trained Linguists based solely on the fact that they are gay. Then you have all of the controversies surrounding the military with the abuses and yet it is only the enlisted men and women who are punished. Interesting how no commanders are held responsible in any of those cases. But then again we went to war on faulty intelligence and yet nobody in the administration has been punished. This administration touts how they support the troops; well do we need to get into the issues of proper body armor or how these men and women are treated once they return home with injuries?

For those of you who say, if you don’t support this war and the administration then you do not support the troops all I have to say is BULLSHIT!

I fully support our troops, always have and always will. Not only have I consistently donated to local and national charities that support the troops and their families but I also volunteer my time working with injured soldiers.

1:18 PM  
Anonymous ELAINE WILEY said...

I support the reinstatement of the draft. I believe it would give a direction in life to the kids coming out of school who have no drive or ambition other than to sit around on street corners pushing drugs or shooting people. I believe all young men, not just out of high school, (even without a draft)who are not persuing a career or enrolled in college should go into the military.
Those who choose to be involved
in gangs and enjoy shooting people, should be rounded up and placed in a special "combat" unit and sent to the Middle East in search of terrorists. When the drill sargents get ahold of them I am sure their attitudes would change and perhaps they could be a benifit to society instead of a hindrance.

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