Reason: Because its just too damn good and too damn successful.
Since the end of the military draft in 1973, every person joining the U.S. armed forces has done so because he or she asked to be there. Over the past decade, this all-volunteer force has been put to the test and has succeeded, fighting two sustained foreign wars with troops standing up to multiple combat deployments and extreme stress.
This is precisely the reason it is time to get rid of the all-volunteer force. It has been too successful. Our relatively small and highly adept military has made it all too easy for our nation to go to war — and to ignore the consequences.
You see if we had a draft and we were dragging people kicking and screaming into the “war machine” where they get ground up and spit out in little flag draped caskets, well, we’d be taking to the streets to stop them.
Honestly, that’s this yahoo’s reasoning.
We had a draft in the 1960s, of course, and it did not stop President Lyndon Johnson from getting into a ground war in Vietnam. But the draft sure did encourage people to pay attention to the war and decide whether they were willing to support it.
Resuming conscription is the best way to reconnect the people with the armed services. Yes, reestablishing a draft, with all its Vietnam-era connotations, would cause problems for the military, but those could never be as painful and expensive as fighting an unnecessary war in Iraq for almost nine years. A draft would be good for our nation and ultimately for our military.
Because a) he’d most likely get to relive his glory years … the ‘60s and b) it would be okay again to call the military everything but a child of God and feel good about it again. Not being able to do that really rankles those of Bill Ayers ilk and era.
The one thing the government does well and someone wants to get rid of it because it is too good.
BTW, the author is a “senior fellow” at a think tank (Center for a New American Security).
Apparently this qualifies as thinking there.