Friday, December 22, 2006

Is it drafty in here?

Tengrain:
"The talking point of the moment, and the one that is sure to be adopted is called the Surge. The Surge, simply put, is bringing in a theoretical 20,000 to 50,000 additional troops. Never mind that the military already is stretched to the breaking point and recruitment has been underwhelming.

And please let no one remind the Brain Trust of Texas that last summer the same Surge plan was tried and the violence escalated. More troops = more targets. And no one will say how long the surge will last. My guess: 2008, when it can be some other president’s problem.

The Surge, we are told with a straight face, will secure Baghdad, kick some Islamb-o-fascist ass, train their troops and police force (Like Calliope weaving by day and unravelling by night, their police and military are thought to be largely composed of the insurgents themselves, but shhhhh, don’t mention that to the Decider), and secure Chimpy’s place in history. I think his rightful place is pretty much guaranteed already."


Morse thinks the draft is imminent:
"I think that Bush had a plan all along to reinstitute the draft. There's no other way he can sustain his failed war in the Middle East, and now with the talk of expanding the military in the wake of that fiasco, a draft is the only recourse.

This is how it begins. A few lower ranking administration officials floating a trial balloon, which the White House immediately backs away from.

President Bush's secretary for Veterans Affairs said Thursday that "society would benefit" if the country brought back the military draft, then clarified that he doesn't support such a move.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson spoke a day after Bush said he is considering sending more troops to Iraq. The administration has for years forcefully opposed bringing back the draft, and the White House said Thursday that its position had not changed."

Update: Watertiger notes how convenient the 2009 date for the draft is...Georgie will have been long gone and nobody will blame him for the wreckage.

Update: AOL has a poll.

2 comments:

Bryan said...

Now they are announcing a test of the system for the draft.

ellroon said...

I have draft-aged children, so I have been watching the draft board activities for several years.

We just need one more oh-so-convenient 'Pearl Harbor' moment to activate it.