Draft-age kids in this country are starting to wake up to the likelihood of a revived draft, despite Bushfeld's denials. E-mails saying that are circulating widely on college campuses, and as a result, college-age voter registration is starting to rise. You may not like it, but it's a dynamic that could have a major impact on the election -- failure to report it would be inexcusible. What the news stations are NOT saying is that the concerns or valid -- though I personally believe that they are, with a kicker. Bushfeld's chief argument for why a draft isn't a good idea is that it takes at least a year to train soldiers effectively, so two years isn't enough. If the draft comes back (which I consider a certainty if Bush wins), look for a three-year draft term.
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Apparently, TPTB at that network don't realize that after the "memos" fiasco, everything they put on the air is subject to questioning.
Last night, The CBS Evening News ran this piece on reinstating the draft. From the transcript of the story:
Beverly Cocco has spent most of her life protecting children in Philadelphia.
She spends most of her time worrying about other people's kids. But as Election Day approaches, it's her own two grown sons who Beverly is most worried about.
"I go to bed every night and I pray and I actually get sick to my stomach," she says. "I'm very worried; I'm scared. I'm absolutely scared; I'm petrified."
Beverly is petrified about a military draft ? and she's not alone. There's an undercurrent of anxiety; mass e-mails are circulating among parents worried their kids could be called up.
As has been discussed elsewhere on this forum, the only proposals to reinstate conscription to date have come from Democrats; no one in the Administration has even vaguely suggested such a move. Here's the truth: The emails that the story references are, at best, misleading - in fact, they are almost certainly, IMO, deliberate disinformation:
We can't say whether this one is deliberate misinformation or just sloppy reporting, but it sure is generating a lot of needless anxiety. It amounts to another "lying e-mail" of the kind we've warned about before (check the links to "related articles" at the end of this one.)
The bills are not being pushed. It's quite true that the two bills mentioned would require both men and women aged 18 through 25 to perform a two-year period of "national service," which incidentally could be either military or non-military service. But the bills are sponsored only by Democrats, and there's not the slightest evidence that the Bush administration is pushing for them, quietly or otherwise.
One bill is HR 163 , whose principal sponsor is Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of New York. It has 14 co-sponsors, all of them Democrats in a Congress controlled by Republicans. The bill was dead on arrival: it sits in a House subcommittee with no hearings or votes scheduled and no action expected.
In fact, Rangel told FactCheck.org through his spokesman Emile Milne that even he isn't pushing for passage, let alone Bush (emphasis added):
Rep. Rangel: I'm not pushing this bill. It's up to the President to come to me when he needs it.
The identical Senate bill, S. 89 , introduced by Democratic Sen. Ernest Hollings, and also was DOA. Not one other senator has co-sponsored it. It also sits in committee with no action scheduled or expected.
Both bills in question were drawn up before the Iraq war started, mostly to make a political point. Rangel said he acted to highlight Democratic objections to use of military force against Saddam Hussein. He wrote , "I truly believe that decision-makers who support war would more readily feel the pain of conflict and appreciate the sacrifice of those on the front lines if their children were there, too."
Hey, why let the truth get in the way of a good ABB story? It hasn't in the past for CBS, right?
It gets better: Beverly Cocco, the woman quoted in the story, isn't just the concerned citizen that CBS makes her out to be. (See the last contact listed.)
As for People Against the Draft, well, let's just let them speak for themselves, shall we?
People Against the Draft is a non-partisan, grassroots organization of concerned parents, students, educators, and others based in New York City. We have already established chapters throughout the New York metroplitan area and intend to expand further. Our purpose is to educate and lobby against the military draft.
More broadly, we intend to help build a movement against reinstatement of the draft and in favor of a peaceful, rational foreign policy. If you want to join us, or start a chapter in your own neighborhood, let us know. We'll try to help. (Emphasis mine)
Their links page is interesting, too, as it list the usual list of loony left suspects.
With their zeal for advancing their political agenda unabated by their previous embarrassment, CBS "News" shows that they've learned nothing from that embarassment. But, if they are determined to continue making a mockery of themselves, I guess that we'll just have to sit back and enjoy their self-destruction!