Friday, April 18, 2008

Bring Back The Draft

So we can invade Iran! Well not exactly. It seems that the anti-war folks want this so they can recruit more people to their ant-war movement.

The argument can be summed up simply. Only a small percentage of Americans are carrying the burden of the war. This is unfair. More to the point, it has been impossible to get parents and college kids to give more than a passing damn about the war.

The calls for a military draft are in fact calls for forcible enlistment in the anti-war movement, which has suffered greatly from its failure to recruit in the current voluntary political involvement model. The calls for a draft are nothing more than frustrated efforts to bolster the effectively non-existent anti-war movement to Vietnam levels by swelling its ranks with suddenly concerned suburban Americans.
I like this quote attributed to Talleyrand, "You can do anything with bayonets, except sit on them." These guys should be careful what they ask for.

H/T Instapundit

1 comment:

LarryD said...

They day the draft ended was the day that the gas ran out of the anti-Vietnam War movement. It's never come back. The US Army has discovered that it doesn't need conscripts, that the volunteer Army is much higher quality, so the Army doesn't want conscripts anymore.

Other than that, Crittenden's proposal would have some significant benefits. Breaking down the parochialism and insularity of the Left is high on the list, which is also why his proposal hasn't got a chance. I think he's proposing it in a "Ha Ha, only serious" manner anyhow.