Nasty Letters To Crooked Politicians

As we enter a new era of politics, we hope to see that Obama has the courage to fight the policies that Progressives hate. Will he have the fortitude to turn the economic future of America to help the working man? Or will he turn out to be just a pawn of big money, as he seems to be right now.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Right Wing Think-Tank Derides Clinton Administration on Retaining the Draft...An Incredible Diorama of Hypocrisy and Insanity ReThug World:

A GoPpIG Slur On Clinton, c1994, Resonates Today:
Draft Registration: The Politics of Institutional Immortality: "Policy Analysis
Draft Registration:
The Politics of Institutional Immortality

by Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and author of Human Resources and Defense Manpower. While serving as a special assistant to President Reagan, he helped prepare the official report on draft registration for the President's Military Manpower Task Force.

Executive Summary

President Jimmy Carter reinstituted draft registration to demonstrate 'resolve' after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Today there is no Soviet Union, America's military power is unrivaled, and the all-volunteer force is an undoubted success. Even the Department of Defense acknowledges that registration could be dropped with no effect on military mobilization requirements. Yet draft registration lives on, an example of the difficulty of terminating even the most useless government programs.

President Clinton cites three reasons for retaining registration, all of which lack credibility. His first rationale is that the sign-up constitutes a 'relatively low-cost insurance policy.' But registration was intended to quickly generate a large conscript army for a protracted war. Today that kind of conflict is a paranoid fantasy. The president's second reason is that ending registration could send the 'wrong signal' to potential enemies. But America's military credibility is the result of highly skilled personnel and advanced weaponry, not the existence of a list of potential conscripts. The administration's muddled foreign policy has far more potential to cause adversaries to miscalculate than would the end of draft registration. Finally, Clinton argues that registration can help 'maintain the link between the all-volunteer force and society at large.' But merely signing a draft card does not instill patriotism.

If the Clinton administration will not acknowledge that draft registration serves no useful purpose, Congress should take the initiative to dismantle the Selective Service System. That action would save taxpayers $25 million a year.

It was 1980 when Jimmy Carter began registering 18-year-old men for a possible draft. The Cold War was raging, NATO confronted a numerically superior Warsaw Pact, the Soviets had invaded Afghanistan, Iran was holding Americans hostage, and U.S. confidence was slipping. Today there is no more Soviet Union, no more superpower duel, and no credible threat of a global conflict. Communism is dead; Washington's democratic capitalist allies dominate key regions around the globe; and America reigns supreme, both economically and militarily. The Pentagon fought the Persian Gulf War with volunteers, foresees no future need for conscripts, and says draft registration is unnecessary. The Selective Service System, it would seem, has become a forlorn anachronism.

However, President Bill Clinton, who worked so hard to avoid service in Vietnam, apparently still lives in 1980.[1] In mid-May he announced his opposition to congressional proposals to end the draft sign-up. Registration is, he explained to the Speaker of the House, 'essential to our national security.'[2] And so the federal government continues to gather names for an outdated list in order to acquire surplus soldiers for a fanciful conflict."

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