Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: The Sticks of Central TX
Re: Dubya quietly works on the draft/conscription
They do this often during election years to put a scare out as one party is supporting this bill and the other is not sort of thing. All part of the great propaganda machine that is the political system in the US. Wasting more money on useless banter than addressing the real points. Such as why we are spending 80 odd billion dollars in Iraq, yet not spending a dime internally. I can go on,but hell. That would only spark the tree huggers and useless ramblings of those that think that GWB is satan. Hell, all I can say is that he is better than Gore would have been and is better than John "fuk my country in the ass by being a non patriot" Kerry will every be.
But back on topic. The bills get placed in file 13 every time. Hell, the bills have gathered only 13 cosponsors among the other 534 members of Congress. The total available force - active duty, reserves and National Guard - numbers more than 2.4 million and only 130,000 U.S. troops are in Iraq as of right now, really there is no need for a draft, even if they increase the number of troops. A draft would flood the military with far more people than it needs at this time, further increasing spending that can be used elsewhere.
The talks of a draft have been stoked in part by opponents of the war in Iraq. During the Vietnam War, opposition to the draft was a major source of anti-war sentiment. Why else would you bring it up right now? We have enough troops and personel. Just as I said a tactic by those that oppose the war and oppose the current political leaders in charge. It is anti-war legislation. You start telling the 18- 25 yo population, about 3 - 4 million people, that you're doing to draft them, you're going to see one whopper of an anti-war movement and movement to remove certain political parties from office that back the war.
Both President Bush and the secretary of defense have stated on more than one occasion that there is no need for a draft for the war on terrorism or any likely contingency, such as Iraq. But hell lets just listen to know it all journalists.