Saturday, October 16, 2004

The draft

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry has renewed charges that the Bush administration plans to reinstate the military draft, beginning what his campaign calls the "closing argument" in his case against re-electing President Bush.
"With George Bush, the plan for Iraq is more of the same and the great potential of a draft," Mr. Kerry told reporters and editors of the Des Moines Register, which published his remarks yesterday.
Mr. Kerry told the Register that he can't imagine how the administration can continue "with the current overextension" of troops in Iraq without instituting the draft.

This is funny coming from a man who, when asked if he reinstitute the draft,during the second debate, he said
Now, I'm going to add 40,000 active duty forces to the military, and I'm going to make people feel good about being safe in our military, and not overextended, because I'm going to run a foreign policy that actually does what President Reagan did, President Eisenhower did, and others.

And these 40,000 people are just going to join because you are such a wonderful man? That's two divisions folks. And he says he won't reinstate the draft?

Let's look at something else. From his website.
John Kerry will make a new deal with hundreds of thousands of young people: If you will serve America for two years-working in a school, a health center, or strengthening America's security-we will make sure you can attend four years of college tuition-free.

Um, what is this? It sounds kind of like a draft. Of course, every soldier who serves already gets help when it comes to schooling, the G.I. Bill. So, tell me Senator, just what do you call this other than a draft?

Both candidates have said they don't support the draft, only one, has shown, in the above two examples, that they would actually use the draft.