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Rangel is right, reinstate the Draft

New York Congressman Charles B. Rangel is again proposing to reinstate the selective service draft. Not surprisingly, his colleagues are already pooh-poohing the idea, but I say, not so fast. Let’s think about the situation for a moment.

United States soldiers are killed every week in Iraq --- every week. I watch for the names of the soldiers every Sunday on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Just think about it… this week the names of 24 servicemen killed in action in Iraq were released… Then names are flashed on the screen; mostly men but some women, 18, 19, 20 year-old Americans --- dead. What we don’t hear about each week are those who returned wounded and maimed. It is horrible and needs to stop.

Military experts have advised that the U.S. needs a significant number of troops in the area simultaneously to take over in one fell swoop. Currently, our soldiers are sitting ducks being picked off a few at a time. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that our current military strategy is not the best.

As Americans, we should ask ourselves why. The answer is plain and simple. The United States’ volunteer army is not sufficient in number to provide enough troops for a U.S. attack. That’s why there are soldiers on their second and third tour of duty in Iraq. Hell-o, Iraq is another Vietnam. We are not winning but we are putting on a good game face. Our soldiers are being killed.

We need the Draft to build up our troops. How likely is it to happen? Not very. Why? Because we Americans are basically whiners. We want peace but we don’t want to endure the conflict that precedes peace. We want everything pretty and hunky-dory but that is not how the world works. There will always be conflict as long as there are people on Earth. It’s reality, let’s deal with it.

Who serves in the military now? The poor and minorities --- that’s not fair. The children of the wealthy should not be exempt just as the children of politicians shouldn’t either. Apparently it’s easy to sacrifice other people’s children because that’s what’s happening as you read this.

You can put lipstick on a pig but it still stinks. Reinstate the draft.

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