Rep. Charlie Rangel (in photo), D-N.Y., a Korean War veteran, has been calling for a renewed draft for several years, and while bringing back the draft doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance politically, it deserves serious debate.
Most Americans haven’t been directly affected by this war. And I think that’s dangerous and disgraceful. When nothing in our daily lives changes because of a national war, something’s wrong.
No raised taxes. For many of us, there’s no chance of our kids being sent to serve.
In short, no shared sacrifice.
Why not launch a foreign adventure? Why not give the president a blank check? Why not “stay the course”? Doesn’t affect me.
An all-volunteer force helps shield Congress and the president from public debate and the consequences of waging war.
Only in the face of massive incompetence and failure have Americans finally begun to say, “Enough.”
Bring back the draft. There’s no doubt we’d have fewer wars if politicians had to send their kids. And when we did go to war, it’s more likely we’d be united and committed as a nation to win. And in the case of a disastrous war like Vietnam or Iraq, it’s more likely we’d get out sooner.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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