Sunday, August 12, 2007

On Reinstituting the Draft: “Makes Sense to Consider It”

I teach older high school students here in Texas – 17 to 18 year olds. So when it gets announced in class that so-and-so has a birthday, I ask “Are you 18?” Getting the affirmative reply, I kindly remind them to register for the draft.

You still have to register, you know, for the Selective Service System’s involuntary military service, even though our Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force are all-volunteer.

Why keep it going?

It’s for, you know, just in case.

Just in case our troops are so exhausted from 2 and 3 tours in Iraq that in order to keep up the pressure there for years and years, we need to reinstitute the draft. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting this . This guy is. Bush’s War Czar, Lt. General Douglas E. Lute said on the 10th that reinstituting the draft has “’always been an option on the table’ and that it ‘makes sense to certainly consider it.’”

Do I smell a rat?

Is Bush’s top advisor on the wars in the Middle East flying something up the flagpole?

The idea is not a new one. Charlie Rangel suggested this very thing last January. Why? To get people of all political stripes off their collective behinds and stand up to oppose this endless war. No one wants their sons and daughters collected up, trained up and sent over to that meat grinder. Especially if the war is, as we all know now, based on lies. Rangel is adamant. Give the rich a chance to show their patriotism. “For those who say the poor fight better, I say give the rich a chance.”

Besides that, if we reinstitute the draft, we can open up yet a third front in the Middle East. We can go after Iran.

Better yet, we can draft millions of our youth into military service and take out the rest of the world. Why not? No one likes us all that much anymore.

Better yet, let’s keep them all home and Drop the Big One.


Anonymous said...

No, my dear friend. What you smell is not of rodent origin. It is another big pile of pachyderm poop. At the rate it's being produced, we could completely cover Iraq, pull out while they're busy gagging, and leave them with what they really need, which is more fertile land. They need democracy like they need more sand. They won't ever understand it or maintain it. Sweet Ariadne, did NO ONE pick up on the irony in the book or the movie "Lawrence of Arabia? Anyone remember how Saudi Arabia was finally united?

Meanwhile, I'll just keep wearing my "Draft Republican Kids" button.

Anonymous said...

You know, it just dawned on me (ever one to be quick on the draw) that if we could draft only the kids of Republicans, the parents would be hiring kids from temp agencies to go in their places.

Oh well, my button was getting a bit ragged looking from being worn so long.

Scott Kohlhaas said...

You are right! Lute is a loon if he really thinks the draft is an option!
Would you be willing to spread the word about about It's a site dedicated to shattering the myths surrounding the selective slavery system and building mass civil disobedience to stop the draft before it starts!

Our banner on a website, printing and posting the anti-draft flyer or just telling friends would help.


Scott Kohlhaas

PS. When it comes to conscription, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Anonymous said...

There's a new movie out, "Day Zero," about the near future in which there's a military draft. Three young men get draft notices and the movie is about how they deal with it. I don't think it'll get much play in theatres. Anyway, here's their website: