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According to this article legislation is pending to reinstate the draft for Americans starting in Spring 2005 (ie just over a year away).

What the fuck?

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draquin
Feb. 22nd, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC)
YIKES!!!
emmycantbemeeko
Feb. 22nd, 2004 10:10 pm (UTC)
At first glance, it sounds bad. Really bad. Next step in the direction of the police state we all know it springing up in the states, right?

Not quite. Ok, there a couple things at work here.

First of all, as always, check the source. It's Canadian Indymedia... so they've got an agenda, and it's pretty virulently anti-American. Or at least anti-current- American-administration-and-foreign-policy. Which should make anyone reading it double check the facts provided with that bias in mind, same as one would double check Fox News's facts with an eye towards revealing a more right-wing agenda. It's not always there... but more often than not, especially with sources at both far ends of the spectrum, it is.

Personally, I was suspicious, because the article has a barely concealed "Beware the war machine!" flavor that implies without ever saying it outright that the stormtroopers are coming and it's all the machinations of the right. This sounds good at first listen- if you believe Bush is an evil imperialist who wants to rule the world with an iron fist, what could be more logical than him drafting America's youth for his armies?

Almost anything, actually. No one hates the draft more than the military. Who wants someone at their back in a life and death situation who never asked to be there in the first place? Who wants to invest time and money in training someone who will not re-up under any circumstances? Nobody. The only war we lost in modern history was the one where we used a hideously unpopular draft. We learned from that, and our current much smaller but all-volunteer army is the most powerful, efficient military force that has ever been. Those who value American defense know this. The draft is not a popular idea among the right in general, especially among those with military background and hawkish leanings.

So who in America supports the draft? The far left. Yep. Totally counter-intuitive at first, which the article exploits, but the far-left figures that if we make everybody join the military, the people who don't want to be in it will bog things up so badly and protest so much harder against war that we won't have the ability or will as a people to fight. A nasty game, I think personally, attempting to cripple our national defense to advance one's own foreign policy, but that's the strategy at work here.

With that in mind, I did a little research on these bills. Having done so, I have to say this article is one of the most brilliant bits of spin I've ever seen. Sure enough, S 89, which requires military service of all adults, far from being the hadniwork of the administration, was introduced by an extremely liberal Democratic senator from South Carolina. And HR 163, similar in intent, was introduced by an equally liberal Democratic rep from NY. Unless the cream of the Democratic party has begun to do the bidding of the administration, it's awfully hard to pin these bills on Bush. They're an attempt to get people to reject war, not a serious attempt at instituting a draft for reasons of military neccessity.

I'm impressed as hell with the article though. They really make it sound like this is the sinister doing of the administration, when in fact it couldn't be further from the truth. The sad part is that the vast majority of readesr will buy it without question.

Ah well. Thank you for bringing it to my attention, I may write about this in my journal.
halloranelder
Feb. 23rd, 2004 01:08 am (UTC)
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Thanks.

A lot of what you just said can be summed up with "That's what I thought".

I'm not pro-Bush or anti-Bush or any of those things. Different country means I have a much more distant view on what's going on over there.

However I am very much anti-draft. It is one of the most stupid idea's ever to have been thought of in this day and age.

You being closer to the issue are able to find out these sort of things better than I.

Again, thanks.
emmycantbemeeko
Feb. 23rd, 2004 01:31 am (UTC)
=) I didn't mean to imply you held one set of views or another... I was just flabbergasted at the breathtaking spin job done by the article's author and wanted to get the facts out. And no problem- I'm such a polisci geek that this is fun in sort of a twisted kind of way.

And much agreement re: the draft. It's a bad idea from every angle.
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