Monday, April 10, 2006

Why We Should Reinstate the Draft

As the numbers of those killed in action while on duty in Iraq climb and no end to war is in sight, Congressman Charles Rangel is doing what he can to reinstate the military draft. His reasoning is as follows:

"President Bush's war of choice is being fought by other people's children. I am convinced that if family members of the president's cabinet or of decision-makers in Congress, the corporate world and the elites of society were to be placed in harm's way, the war would never have been pursued."

Rangel made this proposal at the very beginning of the war and it was quickly dismissed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. While the reinstatement of a draft seems counterintuitive to ending a war, Rangel's logic shouldn't seem that far off.

Thus far, the lives lost in Iraq have largely been considered expendable and unavoidable casualties of war. With the reinstatement of the draft, that consideration would change among conservative circles faster than a verse from Twista.

1 comment:

Brother Smartness said...

I could see how a draft might in theory prevent a war but when it comes down to it, I think it wouldn't have made a difference. Of the 500-plus members of Congress and the 100 members of the Senate, I think only a handful of their children would have been drafted.

Those children would have been paraded by politicians. They would be the golden children of the upper class and an example used to not only to unite the country, but also to deceive the common man into believing the war was as taxing on him as these politicians who hold office.

Had these golden children been drafted, they would have been out of harms way while overseas in the war.

Those same people who are quick to scrutinize others for dodging the draft can and would find ways to dodge the draft in their very own way for their loved ones.

It's all about appearances.