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May. 21st, 2004

02:34 pm - They're thinking of bringing back the draft

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They're thinking of bringing back the draft. This is plainly stupid and wrong.

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From:rosencrantz319
Date:May 21st, 2004 02:56 pm (UTC)
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From:lierre
Date:May 23rd, 2004 01:07 am (UTC)
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From the site linked:

Dodging the draft will be more difficult than those from the Vietnam era.

College and Canada will not be options. In December 2001, Canada and the U.S. signed a "smart border declaration," which could be used to keep would-be draft dodgers in. Signed by Canada's minister of foreign affairs, John Manley, and U.S. Homeland Security director, Tom Ridge, the declaration involves a 30-point plan which implements, among other things, a "pre-clearance agreement" of people entering and departing each country. Reforms aimed at making the draft more equitable along gender and class lines also eliminates higher education as a shelter. Underclassmen would only be able to postpone service until the end of their current semester. Seniors would have until the end of the academic year.


This is horrid. I have two US American brothers currently of age and residing in the US (it's 18 for draft?), another that will be 18 next March, and a stepfather who just retired from the Air Force but would be pulled back during these two years if there is a draft, after 20 years service including a year straight in Kuwait.

This whole war is f*ing moronic. That they would even HAVE to draft should be a HINT that the majority is not supporting their decisions to keep this up. So much for democracy.
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From:omnifarious
Date:May 23rd, 2004 07:34 am (UTC)
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If you have to have a conscript army, you shouldn't be fighting in the first place.

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From:merchanta
Date:May 21st, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC)
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I wonder if they'll make it equal opportunity this time. It seems like women are just as capable as men in committing wartime atrocities, so we might as well be drafted right alongside them.
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From:omnifarious
Date:May 21st, 2004 04:36 pm (UTC)
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According to the article, yes.

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From:hozed
Date:May 21st, 2004 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Those bills were introduced in 2003, and there appears to have been no action on them since.

Note the senate version had NO cosponsors.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:s.00089:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR00163:


But what's interesting is the reprentative from VI (virgin islands???) was added recently as a cosponsor to the house version.

Rep Christensen, Donna M. - 5/19/2004 [VI]


Anyway, voting for this thing is political suicide especially now that the scandals keep piling up.
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From:oniaka
Date:May 22nd, 2004 11:26 pm (UTC)
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Dammit, if they want people soo bad, why in the HELL did they DQ me twice when there is nothing wrong with me? :p
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