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  •  The whole point of an all volunteer army, when it (1+ / 0-)
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    was first established from the lessons learned in Vietnam, was that a skeleton, volunteer army could never fight a war. Their purpose was as a first line of defense and a training corps for the recruits that would be drafted in the event of a national emergency.

    In order to make war the US would have to re-institute the draft which it would only do if the war was completely essential to our security. And if the people of the country supported the war effort.

    Bush got around that part by calling up the reserves and instituting a back door draft and using multiple deployments. And contractors.

    It is kind of ironic, because I suspect that after 9/11 Bush could have called for and gotten a draft.

    We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty - Edward R. Murrow

    by Susan Grigsby on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 12:55:35 PM PDT

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    •  I'm not at all sure that had Bush called for a (0+ / 0-)

      draft, he would have gotten it.  

      Too many out there would say, no way, not me.  Let the professional army do the job they signed up for.

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