April 23, 2004

That drafty feeling.

US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld denies that Dubya's administration is planning to re-introduce military conscription:

"I don't know anyone in the executive branch of the government who believes it would be appropriate or necessary to reinstitute the draft," Rumsfeld told the Newspaper Association of America's annual convention.

Maybe we're just the suspicious sort, but Rumsfeld's records for saying one thing when the opposite was actually true makes us think that the most accurate translation of his statement on the draft is: 'We're preparing to re-start the draft, but we won't make those plans public until after the election.'

Via AP.

Posted by Magpie at April 23, 2004 09:13 PM | US Politics | Technorati links |

I don't think there's any doubt that the USA needs more well-trained military personnel.

There's a lot of evidence that a draft isn't an answer to that problem. It doesn't select for the people who can cope with the pressures of combat, and the training time needed is awkwardly long.

And then there's the miserlyness of the US government towards the superbly trained professional soldiers it already has.

The stupidity of evil doesn't make evil any less likely, alas.

Posted by: Dave Bell at April 25, 2004 07:16 AM

the shrub is way ahead and actually quite brillant, think binki and the brain.
has long as we have a jobless recovery
and gut overtime regulations, put no limits on
illeagle imiagration, and outsourcing by 60% of
corprations. boy george has insured that he will have willing pool of pliant young christain soldiers

Posted by: joe reno at April 25, 2004 12:31 PM