Rangel's draft

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  1. I’m quite certain Bush would’ve invaded regardless if there was a draft or not. In fact, if there was a draft, the military would be gi-normous and Bush would probably have invaded another country by now.

  2. Hmm, I wonder if this proposal would lead to the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. If we need manpower enough to enact some form of conscription, then how can we afford to bar gay men and lesbians from serving (not to mention the people who would lie to get out of it)?

  3. Actually, I don’t think his proposal’s going anywhere, at least at the moment — which more than likely means the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” won’t be confronted either.
    There are other options for expanding the military — and they’re less expensive than the draft. For instance: the recruitment enticements could be enhanced to bring in more people. (Ed. — maybe that wouldn’t work either. See here.)
    PoliticalCritic — I suspect you’re probably right…

  4. While his proposal may be getting a lot of air time, there is absolutely no way the draft will be passed. People would be absolutely infuriated, not to mention pretty much ruining the reputation of the new Democratic Congress this early into it. However, if there is a draft, women should be a part of it. Trust me, as a 19 year old girl, I do not want to go to any war (since I disagree with the concept of war altogether), but I don’t think we can expect our men to fight for our country and risk their lives without asking those women who can go to do the same thing.

  5. Bush may have had plans to invade Iraq with or without a draft, however, the many votes from Democrats in Congress that agreed with Bush’s decision to go there would not have surfaced.
    Remember some of the big selling points of this conflict back when there was that small period of debate. “Advantages” mentioned was a low cost of only a few billion dollars, that we would not be there long, we would be welcomed, and that this was going to be a simple removal of Saddam. If you put a draft into the things “required” for the invasion at the beginning, then it does not suggest a smooth, simple process. Plus it would become much more expensive.
    A draft as part of the initial plan would not have helped selling the cause at all.

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