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  •  As ugly as that is (none)
    His daughter did not sign up. Stop-loss doesn't apply to them. And yes, he can start a draft (he can try)--but he hasn't. If one is started and they use tactics like their father did to avoid it, that would be worth a public outcry.

    My feeling for the young people caught in that horror show does not stop at the border of Left and Right. I don't want them to go any more than I want others to go.

    Anything by Loudon Wainwright III

    by Earl on Thu Aug 04, 2005 at 02:15:17 PM PDT

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    •  Oh there is a draft alright, it's just not called (none)
       a draft.  It started as a volunteer military but it has become an involuntary military with the use of stop loss, extended and repeat tours, activating National Guard, Reserves and IRR.  When it is time for the soldiers to re-enlist they are often told they will be sent to Iraq under stop loss if they don't re-enlist.  They are told they may as well re-enlist and try to navigate for a unit not deploying to Iraq (fat chance).  So it winds up being a situation of limited choices, re-enlist and get bonus and go to Iraq or don't re-enlist but still going to Iraq under stop loss.  

        The President authorizes the use of stop loss in times of National Emergency and can re-new use of stop loss annually.  The military is bound to the orders of the CIC in using the authorized mechanisms as described.  We learned this painful lesson in the Santiago v Rumsfeld hearning trial.  Santiago completed his contract enlistment, but under stop loss was to deploy out to Afghanistan with his unit.  The trial ruled in favor of the military useage of stop loss explaining the President is the one authorized to declare National Emergency and use of stop loss.

         The word 'draft' is not used, but believe me, retaining the troops through repeat deployments, extended deployments, stop loss is a creative way to keep troops involuntarily and avoid the use of the word draft.

      my blog Dying to Preserve the Lies "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Ghandi

      by dyingwarriors on Thu Aug 04, 2005 at 08:08:00 PM PDT

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