U.S. Headed for
Showdown over Draft Issue
by Public Relations Director, [Name Omitted]
December 23, 2006
Let me start by saying our current all-volunteer
military is by far the best in the world. They have all volunteered to
serve and they take their commitment to us very seriously. Every single
one of them made the free choice to put their lives on the line to
protect American interest. Their morale is high, as is their self
esteem. Letís not muck it up.
Have you ever noticed that the vast majority of
people that support a military draft are not eligible for the draft
themselves? For some Americans it is extremely easy to suggest other
people be forced to fight and die for the protection of Ďtheirí beliefs.
Letís cut to the chase. The question is not
whether a young American should be willing to die for their country, but
rather are they willing to kill and destroy? I once gave a speech on
this subject to a high school group in Newnan, Georgia. When I asked how
many in the class would die for their country - every hand in the room
went up. But, when I asked how many would be willing to kill another
human being and destroy their property - no one raised their hand.
Although many American Heroes have given their lives for our country,
dyeing requires no real effort, anyone can do it. It does however
require a great deal of soul searching and thought to agree to kill for
your country. Taking anotherís life is a personal moral decision that
should belong solely to each individual and not dictated by the
government. No one should have the right to force anyone to kill
another. The real trick is to get the other guy to die for his country.
Although it is true not every one of our troops
will see combat, it is also true that every man or woman that wears the
uniform is a potential target of our enemies around the World. Now a
day, just serving in the military is very dangerous duty.
There is a very big difference between fighting
and dyeing to protect your country, and giving your life to help
establish a democracy for another country entirely. There is very little
doubt that most Americans would do anything to protect America. But, far
fewer Americans are willing to extend this allegiance to another
country. When we deploy combat troops to a foreign land, we are asking
them to put their lives on the line for political, economical, and
religious beliefs other than their own.
Some people use Israel as an example of a
successful military draft system. In Israel you are born into your
obligation to serve in the military. Everyone is required to serve.
However, the comparison between the U.S. and Israel is a very weak
argument. Israel doesnít deploy combat troops all over the globe.
Israelis concentrate on protecting their own borders, their own
religious beliefs, and their own political process. The U.S. on the
other hand feels compelled to police the World. We deploy troops based
on what we determine is in our best interest, not self defense like
The logical answer to straightening our military
is increased benefits, entitlements, and services, not the Draft.
Military service is not compatible to any other job on the face of this
earth. The hazards are great and the danger is very real. For this
reason, military entitlements and veteransí services should be unlike
any other benefits package. In order to maintain our all-volunteer
forces we must insure that our former military personnel are well
rewarded for their service. If our government would apply this attitude,
we would surpass enlistment goals and we would be turning young
Americans away at the recruiting offices. When VA hospitals are closing
at 4:30 in the afternoon, our recruiting efforts are damaged. When it
takes months for a veteran to have their claim processed, the affect is
felt at the recruiting office. When we promise recruits quality
accessible healthcare, and we do not provide it, we are discouraging
Here is my prediction; if the U.S. Government
attempts to reinstate the Draft, the American people will strongly
resist, much as they did during the 1960s. Anti-draft protest will take
to the streets and demonstrators will be arrested. The anti-war groups
will take full advantage of this and merge their operations with the
anti-draft movement. Our enemies will shine a spotlight on this
infighting to illustrate to the World how the American people do not
support ongoing U.S. military operations. As draftees are forced into
their ranks, military morale will plummet. Cases of PTSD will skyrocket,
as draftees will blame all of their problems on the fact they were
forced to adapt to military life. Many young Americans will flee to
Canada and other countries to avoid being forced into military service.
Drafted active duty military personnel will desert in higher numbers.
The bottom line is simple, the Draft and Slavery
are both primitive and outdated concepts. Neither one of which will be
revisited without intense resistance. So, the next time you hear someone
say they support the Draft, read between the lines. What they are really
saying is they believe in forcing others to kill and destroy for the
protection of their way of life and personal investment in this country.
They are saying they have no problem with your daughter or grandson
unwillingly dyeing to protect Ďtheirí rights and freedoms. Think about
"The willingness with which our young
people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be
directly proportional to how they perceived veterans of earlier wars
were treated and appreciated by our nation." George Washington