I received this article in my e-mail from a friend today and I figured it would be good blogfodder…
I don’t have much of a problem with the draft, unlike some Libertarians who believe that a draft violates their rights to their own life (most libertarian arguments against the draft are valid ones, but ones that I think don’t hold up 100% of the time..)
If the United States Military needs the best and brightest to win, I am not opposed to conscription, provided that we actually find ourselves in a state of war. All the previously referenced Libertarian arguments against a draft hold up during times that we are not really at war.
If we are at war, it is time to make a declaration of that war, and to act like we are at war. During wartime, it is incumbent upon the citizens of the country to fight. The truth is, the best and brightest are staying home because nobody really believes that we are at war. Just like we did in Korea, and Viet Nam, we have thrust the good members of our armed forces into harms way to fight a war that the government of the US lacks the political will to fight and win.
We are either at war or we are not. It’s time that the politicians of this country made up their minds which it is and act accordingly. If the answer is yes, then we must be prepared for a war that encompasses the whole MidEast, and parts of Africa, and will likely draw Russia and China into open conflict with the US as they view US fighting in the MidEast as a threat to their power base as well as opportunities to seize more power. The United States has far fewer friends than we would like to believe.
If the answer is no, then we need to task the US military with stabilizing the Iraqi government and coming home as soon as that is practicable, with the full and unfettered resources of the United States of America behind them, whatever manpower or equipment is necessary will be given, as directed by generals in the field, and as soon as Iraq is stable, all US forces return home. We will still be in Iraq for years to come, though.
One thing that really ticks me off is the mindset of opponents of the Iraq war who say that because they don’t think we should ever have gone to Iraq we should just pack up and go home. It doesn’t work like that. Whether the military action in Iraq was right or was a horrible mistake is irrelevant in our decision making at this point in time. That’s for the historians to decide. Right now, we have to live with the reality that Iraq is our responsibility because it was us who took out the Iraqi government (however bloodthirsty and horrid it may have been). If we simply pickup and leave, there will be violence and probably genocide, which I do not believe that the American people want on their hands.