Monday, November 20, 2006

Rangel's Rangers

Breaking from

Rep. Charles Rangel Wants to Reinstate Draft

Americans would have to sign up for a new military draft after turning 18 under a bill the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee says he will introduce next year.

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said Sunday he sees his idea as a way to deter politicians from launching wars.

"There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way," Rangel said.

Ben's response:


SH used WMDs (poison gas), told subordinates to keep going on nuclear program (on tape to subordinates) , slaughtered his own people, de-stabilized the Mid-East and tried to kill Pres. Bush #41 (quite conclusive evidence.)

Iraqis strewed flowers for the American-led "Coalition of the Willing." About 70% say they want a secular democracy, according to survey by pollsters sponsored by former SecState MAlbright.

There is a Constitution, an elected legislature, etc.

Unlike Vietnam, Korea, US Civil War, all American military personnel are volunteers.

Factoid accepted by most evryone: Free nations less likely to go to war.

Therefore: Americans, and others, less likely to die.


Rangel, a veteran of the Korean War who has unsuccessfully sponsored legislation on conscription in the past, has said the all-volunteer military disproportionately puts the burden of war on minorities and lower-income families.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mention the "70 percent of Iraqis want democracy" figure fairly often. But 70 percent is not the remarkable factoid. More remarkable is the 30 percent who DON'T want democracy. 30 percent translates into millions of people who DON'T want democracy, and it only takes a few of them throwing their shoes in the gears to mess the whole thing up.

Democratic institutions require almost everyone (well over 70 percent of the population -- probably closer to 90 or 95 percent) to establish a stable framework of government that can survive sectarian conflicts.

Iraqis are nowhere near resolving their sectarian divisions, which is why our troops are still there. If we don't get that other 30 percent of Iraqis to come to the table where the other 70 are, Iraq won't stand a chance.

November 21, 2006  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home