Tuesday, December 26, 2006

This Is Only A Test

You know, like when you press the button on the smoke detector to see if you need batteries - or when you check your emergency speed dial to see if it really does call 911.

The U.S. is planning a test of the draft system even though they (the White House) claims that there are no plans to bring back the draft.
The last test of the military draft system was conducted in 1998 — and this probably will not occur until 2009, but the Selective Service will start planning for the 2009 tests next June or July, unless budget cuts force the agency to cancel them. They claim that this is merely a "readiness exercise".

Of course we all know that Charlie Rangel (Dem) NY, introduced a bill in Congress to bring back the draft... but that was just to get attention... actually many say that Rangel did this to prove a point, namely, that he believes that the "elite" in this country don't serve.

"A free government with an uncontrolled power of military conscription

is the most ridiculous and abominable contradiction and nonsense

that ever entered into the heads of men."
Congressman Daniel Webster
Speech in the House of Representatives, January 14, 1814

But, Go back to sleep America... the Rosie O'Donnell/Donald Trump spat is way more troubling for most.


Valerie said...

I'm iffy on whether or not reinstituting the draft is a good idea or a bad one.

On the one hand, forced membership in an organization isn't the way to get people to work well at a job, and it costs more to get the unwilling to complete a task than it does to get the willing to do the same thing. I'm sure the percentage of disciplinary hearings compared to the total number of military servicemembers would rise with the inclusion of those involuntarily conscripted.

On one of the other hands, relying on an all-volunteer military gives us legislators who don't have first-hand experience of how the miltiary works -- probably more of a problem from the liberal side of the legislature than from the conservative side.

On another hand, accepting only those people who at least initially consider a military career (whether or not they actually stay around for a career) skews the demographic. I have to wonder if the blog posts at Talk2Action are actually reporting on the reaching of the 'tipping point' of accepting only people predisposed to consider military service.
Theocons at the Pentagon, the fight is on

CNN picks up the Christian Embassy video story

Catch A Whiff
(I needed to click it about 3 times to get the video to run)

Superiors letting subordinates 'know who they are' in terms of religion is an abuse of position. It is one thing to be faithful, it is another to be emphasizing this in the performance of official duties.

I also question the statement of a major general who said his priorities were (in order) his faith, his family and then his country. If his faith is his first priority, then he's in the wrong job. Having faith and family as priorities is (in my opinion) a good thing, but if you're service in the military, that's what comes first.

Then there is the statement in the video that the organization, Christian Embassy, is "mustering" men and women into an "intentional" relationship with Jesus. That's fine for the organization (many organizations have this goal), but to be given access to people in the Pentagon for the purpose of religious conversion, that's outside the bounds.

Getting back to the practice for the draft, do we want a group of people rising to power within our military services from just one demographic group, or do we want a greater range of representation?

Judy Aron said...

Glad you put in your two cents Val.
I agree withyour points, however I have to say that I don't think that a draft is good because I think it will create too many problems and add much more unrest to this country. That being said, I also think that our constant redeployment of reservists and the revolving door cycling people who have already served is just tiring folks out; that's not good either.

I think we ought to be rethinking how our troops are currently being used - (protecting us? policing others? securing resources?) and it seems to me that policing other countries may not be entirely a wise use of our troops (sheesh - soon we'll be sending NY cops to Baghdad).

On the other hand, I don't know all the facts and certainly don't have the information generals have regarding what needs to be done etc.

Fighting Islamo-Fascism is a tricky business for sure.
I'm just not real keen on the notion that the draft will be a good thing.