Bringing back the draft?

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War Czar Lt.-General Douglas Lute just put the draft back on the table:
Washington -- A top U.S. military officer in charge of co-ordinating the U.S. war effort in Iraq said yesterday that it makes sense to consider a return of the draft to meet the U.S. military's needs.

Lieutenant-General Douglas Lute, said the all-volunteer military is serving "exceedingly well" and the administration has not decided a draft is needed.

But in an interview with National Public Radio, he said, "I think it makes sense to certainly consider it, and I can tell you, this has always been an option on the table."

I'm having some trouble figuring out what's going on here. I guess this could be a Kinsley gaffe, but I'm pretty skeptical that (a) a draft could get passed in the current environment or (b) the American people are going to tolerate having their teenage children conscripted and sent to Iraq. Of course, I could be totally misreading the current environment, but if I were the Democrats, I'd be hoping that the Bush administration would propose a draft.

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It's probably a Kinsley gaffe, reflecting that if troop levels aren't drastically reduced in the next year, and/or a draft instated, the US Army is going to be broken and shattered.

Would a draft be a good idea for keeping a lid on conflicts?

Regardless of how a draft might reduce our combat effectiveness (if at all), would it put more people in a position where they'd be ready to actually be pissed off and take meaningful action about something like our current situation in Iraq?

Would it serve as a check and balance for mobilizing or withdrawl?

The some of the more wild Ds DID make noise about reinstituting the draft a couple of years ago as a way to reduce support for the Iraq war. They were shut down by their own.

Despite Bush's "Help is on the way" promise in the summer of '00, our military remains too small for its myriad of missions. There are a number ways to address the problem. The draft is one.

Speaking as a vet, the draft would have a severely deliterious effect on the military. It would significantly improve civilian society. I'm uncertain where I come down, but I'm unalterably against drafting women which in the current environment means no draft at all.

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