In yesterday’s Washington Post, Rep. Charles Rangel from New York claimed the best way to make sure we don’t head into another private war-of-revenge like Iraq is to re-institute a draft for mandatory military service via the Selective Service System.
Here is Rangel’s rationale:
“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
In 2003, he proposed a measure covering people age 18 to 26.
he offered a plan to mandate military service for men and women between
age 18 and 42; it went nowhere in the Republican-led Congress….
The military drafted conscripts during the Civil War, both world wars
and between 1948 and 1973. An agency independent of the Defense
Department, the Selective Service System trains, keeps an updated
registry of men age 18-25 _ now about 16 million _ from which to supply
untrained draftees that would supplement the professional all-volunteer
Reinstating conscription would be an excellent way to even out the
burden, responsibility and need for national service.
Requiring the wealthy and the powerful to serve next to the poor and
the disenfranchised would not only bring our country together, it would
force us to look at each other on a deeper level of survival and to
reconsider the merits of cultural blending.
Nothing equalizes a stratified society greater than shared blood shed
on the battlefield.