It may be a shock to some, but your humble blogger here does know how to be diplomatic. I just don't often choose to be. I used up a years supply of diplomacy on an otherwise calm and enjoyable evening not long ago assuring a very worried woman that her teenaged son was in no danger of being drafted. The self-censor circuit did get a little overheated though, as I discarded the real
reasons (the military prefers motivated and intelligent volunteers, they don't need or want any child of yours, and they are doing much better without the draft. I mean, when you have the draft you get bozos like Kerry. With live ammo, and commanding poor schlubs who deserve better). No, you can't say that to a nice, albeit liberal-credulous lady who commendably adores her child. She is sure some recruiter is just slavering to get the kid in a uniform and send him to storm the trenches, with or without a rifle. Never mind we don't HAVE trench warefare these days, and the old cannon-fodder model isn't in use either. Junior, should he VOLUNTEER and convince someone he'd be more help than a hindrance, would probably be doing something like driving a truck or keeping careful track of how many 5/16 - galvanized - screws - sheet metal - box (1) were in inventory. Yeah, the uniform is kinda non-negotiable and he'd probably have to learn which end of a rifle should be pointed at the enemy, but even now there are folks in uniform (VOLUNTEERS, hint hint) in Iraq who have never fired a weapon at the enemy. Perfectly safe? No. Question is, is it safer than going to work at World Trade Center North?
Let's review. The military does not want the draft. Volunteers are motivated and they can pick and choose. The administration does not want the draft, because the general public does not want the draft and the military does not want the draft. So who does that leave? With the possible exception of Charles Rangel, even the Democrats don't want the draft -- but they'd really like to make people belive the Republicans do. But they are the smart ones! Don't forget that!