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"The military draft should be reinstated.""


This discussion was active from June 29-July 8, 2004.
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Total # of Responses: 29 - 7/8/04
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Jim, AZ Strongly Agree

... would send a balanced and just message ...


July 08,2004

If the Draft were reinstated, with NO deferrements available....it would send a balanced and just message to the Citizens of this country...and maybe if we had a full-time military, they would reinstate the BENEFITS and PAY that are rightfully due to the young for risking what the "old men in marble halls" don't wish to do..on a personal level.

Bill, OR Strongly Disagree

... served my country in an ill-considered and unneces ...


July 05,2004

I am a former Naval Officer and Vietnam Veteran who served my country in an ill-considered and unnecessary war. Having children of "draft" age, I do not want them susceptable to actions such as Bush's unnecessary declaration of war on Iraq.

Michael, WA Undecided

... Reserves have been obligated to serve regardless o ...


July 01,2004

In your program om reinstating the draft, some woman stated that the draft histroically respected families by not sending mothers and fathers in harms way. That is true, but not for Reserves. As far back as the 1940s after WW2, Reserves have been obligated to serve regardless of family status.

Also, in response to Sen. statement that rich have more opportunity than the poor. My belief is that there are ample opportunities for any person in this country to succeed. It is up to the individual to be wise enough to seek and choose from the set of opportunities that come their way in life. So while I recognise there are different opportunities for the rich than the poor - there are not necessarily more. Many a rich child has ruined their life, and many a poor one succeeded.

Vicky J De, TN Disagree

... I do not believe a draft is a good solution ...


July 01,2004

I am very proud of the millions of Americans who have volunteered to fight for our freedom and I believe they are the best choice to fight for us as they have made a free choice. I do believe we need to provide in better ways for their needs (salary, family care, etc) so that more people are willing to fight for our country. I do not believe a draft is a good solution to our need for service people.

John, TN Disagree

... The Rumsfeld vision of transformation is a failure ...


June 30,2004

The all volunteer concept is worth saving. The Rumsfeld vision of transformation is a failure and should be abandoned.

Rolly, IA Disagree

... leave the skilled to take on the tasks of war ...


June 30,2004

If they reinstate the selective service, it should be for persons to protect our borders and leave the skilled to take on the tasks of war.

Communistp, WA Strongly Disagree

... Compulsory military service should be classified a ...


June 30,2004

Compulsory military service should be classified a war crime.

On the other hand, I wouldn't mind seeing compulsory civil service, up to and including voluntary military duty. (I felt this way when I was of an age to be compelled, as well. I suppose I still am of an age, depending.)

In response to another response: Buyouts are a crock. Waivers for hardship, sure, but buyouts just make it easy on the rich. Foo on that. Like a thousand bucks per buyout is going to fund Social Security!

Duane, ID Strongly Agree

... why our military is so dependant on Halliburton ...


June 30,2004

military supply lines are at the mercy of halliburton???Cheney sold our military???we need the draft and the US military needs to supply itself...and we need to find out why our military is so dependant on Halliburton?

Ann, IL Strongly Agree

... if their own children had to fight in them ...


June 30,2004

People would be less apt to engage in rash wars if their own children had to fight in them.

Minh, WA Strongly Agree

... I want everyone to serve their country ...


June 30,2004

I want everyone to serve their country, especially children of the warmongers.

Paul, WA Strongly Agree

... I want to see the children of the wealthy serve th ...


June 30,2004

I want to see the children of the wealthy serve the country too. Not just the poor and foreigners who risk their life in exchange for a little cash bonus, free education and U.S. citizenship.

Jeff, CA Strongly Agree

... a dose of manditory military duty may help solve s ...


June 30,2004

I feel it should not only for a strong military, but for a better society. Too many of the youth are involved in gangs and a dose of manditory military duty may help solve some social issues we are currently having. It would also create a society of respect that seems to have been going away. BTW- I'm 41 and not been in the military.

Sarah, VA Strongly Disagree

... The only thing to be gained by reinstating the dra ...


June 30,2004

The only thing to be gained by reinstating the draft is the resentment of the people of the United States.

Alene, WA Disagree

... Rumsfeld's mismanagement of the war ...


June 30,2004

I would hate to see the draft reinstated, although Rumsfeld's mismanagement of the war has placed a terrible burden on the troops we have--especially the reserves. If Rumsfeld had paid attention to his advisors--planned better for the immediate aftermath of the war and the reconstruction of Iraq, and placed more troops on the ground to deal with it--we wouldn't have the crisis in military manpower that we face today. His insistance on privatization of many military functions has also proved to be very inefficient and costly in the long run.

Marty, IL Undecided

... The Democratic party led the battle to end the dra ...


June 30,2004

The Democratic party led the battle to end the draft and won. Now They want it back. Flip-Flop

Cynthia, CO Strongly Agree

... perhaps the proposed war isn't one worth fighting ...


June 30,2004

If war is so necessary for our survival, then everyone needs to sacrifice. If We The People aren't willing to make that sacrifice, then perhaps the proposed war isn't one worth fighting. It would be the clearest barometer of whether or not the people support the war. And woe to a leader who would mislead us into a war that required the sacrifice of all the people.

Robert, MS Agree

... Perhaps a draft would bring back some basic sense ...


June 30,2004

I was drafted in WWII, was in for three years, went through a lot of hardships and it made me appreciate what a great country we have. Our current professional forces are doing a great job, but I see no reason why the draft should not be used if we find it necessary to maintain our defensive forces. Perhaps a draft would bring back some basic sense of patriotism to this generation of young people.

Lou, FL Disagree

... the draft historically raised the average I.Q leve ...


June 29,2004

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. However, a counterpoint to that is the fact that the draft historically raised the average I.Q level of the average recruit. Theoretically, this results in a smarter average soldier. My experiance is that "book smarts" is not always better than "street smarts" when it comes to good soldiers.

Joseph, GA Strongly Agree

... sons and daughters of the Congress... be drafted f ...


June 29,2004

With the stipulation that the sons and daughters of the Congress, Administration and the Corporations who stand to profit from military adventurism be drafted first.

Donald, WI Disagree

... most likely cause more damage than good ...


June 29,2004

If people are forced to participate in something they wish not to, they typically resent it and most likely cause more damage than good. Thankfully there were young men and women who rose to the occasion and made personal sacrifice and commitment to protect those of us at home.

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