The draft would be re-instated if Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., gets his way. Rangel, the House Ways and Means Committee incoming chairman, said today that young men and women, upon turning 18 yrs of age, would be required to sign-up for a future military draft. He proposed such a scheme in 2003 and again in 2006, which was immediately attributed the the Bush administration. This time there can be no doubt - the Democrat leadership favors a draft despite their protestations to the current war situation.
In true Democrat fuzzy logic, Rangel tells the Washington Times, he believes his plan would give pause to politicians wanting to enter future wars. Rangel seems to think politicians would be more careful with other people's children if those children were drafted and trained to kill. This flies in the face of history. The American Civil War was fought with conscripts. World Wars I and II were fought with conscripts. The Korean and VietNam Wars were fought with conscripts. Charles Rangel served in the Korean Conflict from 1948 to 1952 with the U.S. Army. He was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart (Rangel did not shoot himself ala John Kerry.)
There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way.Rangel's 2003 proposal covered people from 18-26 years of age. The Rangel draft measure proposed this year would have drafted men and women 18-42 years old. Both measures went nowhere in Congress, but got a lot of airtime and print condemning Bush for re-instating the draft which was a complete lie, a lie no Democrat did anything to dissuade.
Polls have repeatedly shown that about 70% of Americans oppose any re-instatement of the draft. Government officials in the Bush Administration say they have no intention to rely upon military conscription again. That doesn't seem to mean much to Rep Charles Rangel. The fired Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld told a Congressional committee in June 2005
there isn't a chance in the world that the draft will be brought back.Rep Charles Rangel may intend to be more careful with the nations young, at least as careful as he will be with the citizen's money as chairman of the House tax-writing committee. Rangel says the U.S. military is being stretched and strained by our overseas commitments. However, he still manages to leave open the option of greater stress to the military and nation.
If we're going to challenge Iran and challenge North Korea and then, as some people have asked, to send more troops to Iraq, we can't do that without a draft.What does Mr. Rangel mean here? Is he saying that this nation under Democrat administration may attack Iran and North Korea. Neither nation has attacked to United States and neither poses any clear and present danger. Why would a high ranking official of the Democrat Party suggest forceful action against Iran or North Korea? It couldn't possibly be that both nations are ruled by murderous tyrants the world can do without. Nor, could it be because both countries allegedly possess nuclear weapons (i.e., WMD) for which we have no absolute proof, only "best intelligence", nor could it be that Bush has been right all along. Rangel is setting a political trap that is just too obvious. Rangeal baits his trap:
I don't see how anyone can support the war and not support the draft.
This just shows once again the Democrat objections to the War in Iraq are simply because George Bush, a Republican, is in charge. Rangel doesn't give a tinker's dam about the troops. It's a no points situation for Democrats not to lead a war. There is no reason to build a large military force without any purpose other than the spurious reason that large armies of other people's children are less likely to be used. Large armies are always used, otherwise they are seen for what they are - toothless tigers of a nation in decline.
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