Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Conscripting Soldiers in 2004

Most people think that a military draft in the US ended in 1975 (or there abouts). I was part of the last class to have participated in the draft lottery. I don't remember my draft number, but I know it was high enough that I didn't have to worry about being drafted.

Of course, most of our political leadership never served in the Armed Forces. This is especially true for the "uber hawks" of Cheney, Wolfowitz, Ashcroft, De Lay, Rove, etc. However, this has not prevented the Bush administration of instituting forced conscription (without public discussion) today.

What I am talking about is forcibly keeping soldiers in the military and in Iraq well after their contracted release dates. Now I am sure that the fine print on their contracts with the US government allows the Defense Department to hold these young men and women as long as the powers deem it necessary. But let's call a spade a spade - this is forced conscription by any definition.

We are living large here in the good 'ol US of A, driving our Hummers to Bush Cheney $2000-a-plate fundraisers, listening to Rush on the radio, and flying the flag proudly all over our cars, while we keep the best and most Patriotic youth of this country captive as cannon fodder over in Iraq. The Bush Administration does not have the political will to ask the American Public to openly and publicly sacrifice for its foreign policy goals. It won't ask for more troops, or more money to fight this ill conceived adventure. It certainly won't ask campaign contributors to help in this goal by contributing money (through taxes) or their children to help with this fight. So in the end we just continue to screw those who have contributed so much already.