2005/07/06

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.

2 Comments:

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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