Why the Bush Administration doesn’t want a draft

Almost no one in the executive branch wants a draft, because it would instantly give every American family a stake in U.S. foreign policy. With a volunteer Army, issues of war and peace are almost abstract; only a tiny portion of the population is directly affected. With a draft, everybody's life is on the line—a turbulent state that can energize and unify a country under serious threat but tear the same country apart in a war of stalemate or dubious motive. President Bush could not possibly want the intense debate that even the prospect of a draft would inspire.

Are we surprised? This excerpt is from a June 30 article by Fred Kaplan that appeared in Slate. The article is a must read.


Blogger Thomas J. Brown said...

It's interesting to think that, despite the fact our tax dollars are paying for the war, those of us who are "merely civilians" don't have a stake in the war.

Wed Jul 06, 09:40:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Julie said...

Yes, I totally agree, but now, when you get through w/ this,, we do have to lighten up b/c we won't change our foreign policy and lord knows i've signed my yard and protested and sent letters -- but for now.. let's just enjoy HAlf NEKKID thursdays in Blogworld,, see the list of other bloggers at www.osbasso.blogspot.com

Wed Jul 06, 10:19:00 PM CDT  

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