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  •  Also, Rangel is making a good point. (none)
    But the point he is making may result in a draft and may make it harder to stop the war.  If a draft is called, it will be to make the war effort stronger - otherwise it will not be called.  Perhaps the drafted won't be sent into combat, so that more of our mercenaries can be used in combat.  That would appease the Pentagon that doesn't want drafted soldiers, and would also appease Americans not willing to die or kill in war - while making the war effort stronger.
    •  I agree (none)
      I HATED the draft (and especially our local draft board) in my youth.  Certainly the draft didn't keep us out of Viet Nam, but it undoubtedly got us out sooner.  I would hope that there is a better way to point out the hypocrisy of the pro-war crowd without the draft, but the draft sure does scare you----it did me.

      I believe that the draft may well be a millstone around our Democratic necks and it is better to directly oppose the war than reinstitute the draft.

      That said, the volunteer army is dead.  So is the National Guard.  Bush killed them both.  Even Switzerland has an army---what are we going to do?

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