I began this website as a means to look at world news through parents’ eyes. In recent months, I’ve been having more fun exploring my family’s exploits and getting away from the rather depressing world we live in.
But sometimes events have a way of slapping you upside the head so hard your ears ring, eyes burn red and lips quiver.
Consider Rep. Charles Rangel’s plan to reintroduce the draft, reports The Washington Post. He’s been trying to get the draft passed for years, but now he will be in a position to accomplish his goal.
Why would a Democratic Congressman do such a thing? To make political leaders think twice before going to war, he says.
“There’s no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm’s way,” Rangel says.
Um, yeah, but um, we’re already at war, Mr. Rangel. A draft now will send America’s kids –OUR KIDS – to the very war you say shouldn’t exist.
Maybe your motives about scaring political leaders is sincere, but come off it, the rich and powerful will find ways around a draft. They always have. Not to mention you will scare billionaires with teenaged children to Canada or farther.
Along a similar vein, daggers to Sen. John McCain, who is also calling for more troops in Iraq. Hasn’t anyone read their Vietnam history? McCain was actually there, for goodness sakes. For those who are too young: Democratic President Lyndon Johnson and Gen. William Westmoreland kept throwing more and more troops into Vietnam and still lost.
Right now my kids are young enough that I don’t have to worry much about them getting drafted. I’m too old, but my nieces and nephews are in their prime. (I presume that any new draft would include girls as well as boys.)
Look, if my kids were drafted to fight for this nation’s very survival, I would be scared for them but could live with it. If my kids chose to join the military – I can’t say I would be happy about it – but that’s their prerogative.
But to be dragged into a war like Iraq, which was started under false pretenses? I don’t think so. So Mr. Rangel, please take that bill and burn it, now.