Thursday, December 20, 2007

Is Reactivating the Selective Service System the only way out of Iraq?

For families without a loved one fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan, their only connection to the war is the “We support our Troops” sticker on the family car. With our all-volunteer army, we’ve removed the one remaining public duty through which America’s ruling class could be shamed into fulfilling their noblesse oblige – military service. “It is as true today,” wrote Larry Howe of Oak Park IL, “as it was in the 1960s when the president sought refuge in the ‘Champagne’ unit and Mr. Cheney benefited from five draft deferments: Sacrifice is for suckers.” Does our meddling in Iraq suggest that it’s in our best interest to reinstate the draft and eliminate all but financial and medical exemptions? Would those profiting from the war allow it to continue unchecked were it their children’s blood staining the streets of Baghdad?


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