Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Feeling the Draft

In a NYT article , Krugman says "when it comes to the draft. Mr. Bush's claim that we don't need any expansion in our military is patently unrealistic; it ignores the severe stress our Army is already under. And the experience in Iraq shows that pursuing his broader foreign policy doctrine - the 'Bush doctrine' of pre-emptive war - would require much larger military forces than we now have.
This leads to the justified suspicion that after the election, Mr. Bush will seek a large expansion in our military, quite possibly through a return of the draft."

The MSM have paid little attention to Kerry's Draft Proposal until yesterday.
In Hibbing, Minnesota on Oct. 19, 2004. John Edwards campaigned.
According to the account of the Minneapols Star Tribune, Edwards wrapped up his speech with promises of "college tuition tax breaks for the middle class, government-paid tuition in exchange for two years of national service, protection of hunting, fishing and snowmobiling rights and a promise to 'preserve our water and land for our children and grandchildren.'"

John Kerry Outlines Plan to Require Service for High School Students

Part of 100 days Plan to Enlist One Million Americans in National Service A Year

On September 11th, 2001, America experienced the most terrible and deadly attack in its history. John Kerry believes we need to think big and do better and get more young Americans serving the nation.

As part of his 100 day plan to change America, John Kerry will propose a comprehensive service plan that includes requiring mandatory service for high school students and four years of college tuition in exchange for two years of national service.

From a now removed kerry website we find:

Young Voters for Kerry

“Nothing I hope to do as President will be more vital than reconnecting America’s public life to the ideal of full and active citizenship. I have proposed a comprehensive national service plan, and as President I will call on young people both to help strengthen America’s security and to address unmet needs. This will simultaneously engage young people, strengthen our society, enhance our economy and advance our American values.”
- John Kerry

I feel a draft coming from the Kerry camp despite all the rhetoric of the Democrats saying this is a secret plan from President Bush.

1 comment:

  1. Good posting. Just ask some Vietnam Vets who made a career out of the military - the draft would ruin the military. Forget the technological and funding advantageous of our military – it’s the quality of the men and women in uniform that make our military the best in the world. The draft would immediately dissolve this advantage.

    It does amaze me (though it shouldn’t) that the “national service” proposal is skimmed over by the media. I do think that Kerry is referring to Americorp or “Peace Corp service as well as military service (all good outlets for service, though maybe he will establish mandatory service to the UN, and that is scary…)