This may force a lot of Americans to rethink their positions on the use of America’s military overseas:
A senior Republican lawmaker said that deteriorating security in Iraq may force the United States to reintroduce the military draft.
“There’s not an American … that doesn’t understand what we are engaged in today and what the prospects are for the future,” Senator Chuck Hagel told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on post-occupation Iraq. “Why shouldn’t we ask all of our citizens to bear some responsibility and pay some price?” Hagel said, arguing that restoring compulsory military service would force “our citizens to understand the intensity and depth of challenges we face.”
Hagel also suggested that bringing back the draft would spread the burden of military service across more of the social classes. Currently, he said, most of the volunteers for the military come from the lower and middle classes of American society.
I have mixed feelings about this. While I don’t deny the appeal of some form of service to the nation, I don’t like the idea of drafting kids so the American neocon elite can fulfill its apparent dream of world empire.