I was perusing through diaries over at our dear friends Red state
and found one which really startled me. It starts:
I say again: it is time for a draft. Some days ago, I had this to say about the lessons of the American volunteer Army's first prolonged war:
The volunteer soldiers have proven themselves fine warriors. But the volunteer Army has failed. [The present war in Iraq] is its first war of any meaningful length, and its lessons are clear: it cannot sustain this effort, through no fault of its own, because, in the end, its discrete parts are rational actors. It is impossible to externally incentivize war. The choice is therefore between that Army's continuance and a draft. If the choice is for its continuance, then the subsequent choice will probably be between losing Iraq and losing the Army.
There are actually two postulates above: first, that the volunteer Army as an institution cannot sustain the present effort; second, that the war is not sustainable in the long run without substantial American involvement.
I am curious wether this sentiment is widespread or even exists among many in the GOP. It is clear the all-volunteer armed forces is in dire straits with recruiting. I wonder if Bush, who no longer has to seek reelection, is actually considering the possibility of a draft.
Even if not, this is a topic we can target. Maybe target vulnerable Congressional GOP war supporters with ads demanding an explanation on how they plan to win the war in Iraq without a draft?
Regardless, I think the country is ripe for a serious discussion about about the possibility of a draft. I am sure that any discussion about a draft will hurt the GOP and help the Dems.