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article imageWill America Seek to Reinstate Draft?

By Steve W. Sanson     Jun 24, 2007 in World
I believe without additional troops to ensure victory in Iraq, the United States will find itself more vulnerable to terrorist attacks at home and if we abandon Iraq before it can secure and govern itself.
By Steve William Sanson
Americans would have to sign up for a new military draft after turning 18 under a bill the incoming Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee says he will introduce next year said Congressman Charles Rangel, Democrat from New York.
Congressman Rangel proposed a measure covering people age 18 to 26. It was defeated 402-2 the following year. This year, he offered a plan to mandate military service for men and women between age 18 and 42; it went nowhere in the Republican-led Congress.
The Democrats will control the House and Senate come January 2007, because of their victories in the November 7th election.
Some lawmakers are urging the military to send more troops to Iraq. Many Americans supports the War, but I don't believe that same number supports the Draft.
I remember in one of Robert Kennedy's speeches during the Vietnam War error. He asked a crowed of people "do you support the war? Raise your hands" almost all raised their hands. He then asked another question, "How many of you have a son, daughter, brother, sister, father, mother, or any family member in the war or would you send that family member to fight in the war you support?" No one raised their hands.
Some Americans are hypocritical the rich would rather send the low income families to fight in a war, while they send their children to collage in another country. Some of us call ourselves Americans but we have a problem defending her in time of war.
Maybe this would be a way of solving the illegal immigration problem. By sending undocumented immigrants to fight for their citizenship might not be a bad idea.
I always thought that we should clear out our prison system, saving tax payers dollars and our American troop's lives by using prisoners in the front lines.
We all can agree that Military Recruiters are not being overwhelmed with recruits for the military these days. The military have decided to drop their standards and offer excessive incentives just to get recruits to join the military. The bottom line is the United States does not have enough people in the military.
Some might think that we can maintain the war with an all-voluntary service, all-voluntary Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy. However you can't call it All-Voluntary Service, because there are many servicemen and women that had their contracts extended involuntary.
I don't believe that we can survive with an all-voluntary force; we have Americans serving in the military all over the world and abroad. We are fighting a war in Afghanistan and Iraq and loosing American lives on a daily basis. We have to look at the challenges that we face today with North Korea and Iran.
Repeated polls have shown that about seven in 10 Americans oppose reinstatement of the draft and officials say they do not expect to restart conscription.
Yet the prospect of the long global fight against terrorism and the continuing United States commitment to stabilizing Iraq have kept the idea in the public's mind.
The military drafted conscripts during the Civil War, both World Wars and between 1948 and 1973. An agency independent of the Defense Department, the Selective Service System, keeps an updated registry of men age 18-25 -- now about 16 million -- from which to supply untrained draftees that would supplement the professional all-volunteer armed forces.
I believe without additional troops to ensure victory in Iraq, the United States will find itself more vulnerable to terrorist attacks at home and if we abandon Iraq before it can secure and govern itself. Civil War will unleash itself and a great possibility of a boarder invasion from Syria and Iran.
Taking the opposite tack, newly empowered Democrats pressed their case for a phased withdrawal of American forces. The plan of attack is not an early withdrawal but to change the "rules of engagement" and keeping politics out of the strategy when it comes to the troops on the ground. Let the military commanders do their jobs.
We need more troops on the ground in Iraq the United States must send an overwhelming number of troops to stabilize Iraq or face more attacks -- in the region and possibly on American soil.
If we do not stabilize Iraq we will see Iran more emboldened. Eventually, you could see Iran pose a greater threat to the state of Israel. Israel has its own difficulties fighting terrorism within this region dealing with Palestinian Hamas and the struggles within the boarders of Lebanon.
If we fail in Iraq we have failed within the Middle East and this UN-stabilized region will see no end. This will carry over to American Embassies, our military bases and ports, our citizens traveling abroad, and Americans at home.
With about 141,000 American troops in Iraq more than 3 1/2 years into the war, the American military has strained to provide enough forces while allowing for adequate rest, retraining, and retention between deployments. Some troops are on their forth tour in Iraq and their rest and relaxation is only lasting six months between tours making Post Dramatic Stress Syndrome increasing at a greater rate if they survive with their lives.
When I fought during Desert Storm in 1991 we all agreed that America did not finish the job. We all agreed that we will be back in this region fighting in a war that should have been finished years ago. Now, we are in the same region fighting the same enemy, but the enemy had years to prepare for us they only got stronger.
It took the lost of over 3,000 lives on American soil for us to understand how important it is for us to destroy the enemy at all cost. We cannot abandon Iraq and our allies now, the price will be much higher if we do.
Democrats poised to take control of the House and Senate are pressing for a substantial reduction of American troops in Iraq and a timetable for their withdrawal, as a way of forcing the Iraq government to rely more on itself.
The lack of troop strength in Iraq already exposes them on a daily basis to danger and death could you imaging if we start pulling troops out of an unstable Iraq slowly reducing the troop strength even more leaving troops that are left behind in more danger and leaving the last set of troops defenseless against the enemy.
These Religious Fashions and Terrorist Radicals will not stop on their own. It’s unfortunate that America has to be the Worlds Police and put a stop to these terrorist groups just to maintain world peace.
I have a 20 year old and an 18 year old son, I do not wish for them to be drafted. I would rather serve in their place than to have them go through a draft and be deployed to a war torn country not known who the enemy is.
Once you experience war there is no turning back your personality and rationalization changes forever.
However, I do support the war and I know if mankind wants to exist we need to eliminate the radicals from the face of the earth to maintain order and world peace.
E-mail: SteveWSanson@cs.com Phone: 702 283 8088
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