Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Support a 21st-Century Draft

Apart from many other arguments, the biggest problem I have with Bush's war in Iraq is that most Americans have never been asked to sacrifice anything. The burden of national defense should be been borne by everyone -- not just a very small few.

New York Democrat Charles Rangel, the new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has called for reinstatement of the draft. Virtually all politicians -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- will quickly reject any such proposal for bringing back conscription, a practice officially ended in 1973.

Unlike during World War II, the U.S. today does not require a huge military comprised of every able-bodied man and woman of draft age. But there is a serious malaise in American society that can best be solved by finding a way for young people to make a deep and significant commitment to their country. Congress should support a 21st-century draft for national service (not just military service). Almost certainly, it won't.

2 Comments:

Blogger Vinnie Mirchandani said...

I was having a debate with my 13 and 15 year old and I said it should be an honor to go defend the country and their attitude was you don't mind sacrificing your kids?...forget the politicians, I am not sure most parents and the kids themselves will want it especially given concerns about why we went to Iraq in first place - softness is the price of our affluence

9:31 PM  
Blogger ITscout said...

I'm not in favor of America reverting back to a military draft like what existed prior to 1973. Rather, I'm advocating a draft for national service where military service is but one of the options available.

I fervently believe in John F. Kennedy's dream where citzens "ask not what their country can do for them, but what they can do for their country."

Young people just beginning their lives as adults are blessed with optimism and idealism. Many of our society's most intractable problems will only be solved through the service and dedication of people helping other people.

1:31 AM  

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