With the election around the corner, rumors that
the draft might be implemented again have been so strong that
the U.S. House of Representatives, on Oct. 5 voted 402-2 to recent
And President Bush himself stated flatly, in his Oct. 8 debate
with Democratic challenger John Kerry, that there would be
no draft while he was president.
Of course he said it. And of course the congress voted against
Most members of the House of Representatives, like President
Bush, are up for reelection Nov. 2. What happens after
Nov. 2 is what makes most young U.S. citizens nervous.
Many of their parents remember what President Bush’s father
said, about “No new taxes,” when George H. W. Bush
was running for president more than a decade ago.
How can this administration do what they want to do
with so few military personnel? Is the Bush administration
Look at some facts.
For starters, the shortage of military personnel
in Iraq and Afghanistan is the single most important
likelihood of the draft being implemented again.
Actually, it’s so
obvious that even Bush supporters have spoken in congress about
it. One of them, John McCain, said: “It’s clear,
at least to most observers, that we don’t have sufficient
The U.S. has 138,000 troops in Iraq. Since 2001,
it has called up 335,000 reservists for duty.
It has spent
billion. More than 1,000 U.S. military personnel
are dead and 7,400 wounded,
all in a period of less than 1.5 years.
The pressure on the U.S. military staff in Iraq
is tremendous. Reserve and National Guard units
already been called
up, and extended tours of duty are required
on a regular basis.
Incentives have been offered to encourage military
enlistments but recruiters
have not met the recruitment goals in 14 of
the last 20 months, through May. The U.S. are 7,800
short. Charles Rangel
(D-NY) said a draft is inevitable. “Most people know [Bush
is] going to need more people, but where the hell is he going
to find them?” Rangel said.
The Selective Services Systems currently has
13.5 million names of men between the ages
on their list.
That is close
to the population of Los Angeles. U.S. young
people need to do what they have to do to
stop Bush’s brawl in the mid-east
by casting a vote against him in November. If they don’t,
they might find themselves going to Iraq Vietnam style.