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Want to end America’s forever wars? Bring back the draft

Want to end America’s forever wars? Bring back the draft

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  • The problem is that military intervention isn’t a clear left/ right issue. There are times progressives see a moral imperative to use force (genocide, for instance) and times when conservatives do (terrorism). Draft would definitely deter activity on both. Is that good or bad?

  • It fails to consider that rich/connected kids got ways to dodge the draft and the ones that ended up going into combat were the poor ones.

    Ultimately you want people that are committed to whatever they are doing - whether they are teachers or soldiers. This is how you get people that will persevere

    It fails to consider that rich/connected kids got ways to dodge the draft and the ones that ended up going into combat were the poor ones.

    Ultimately you want people that are committed to whatever they are doing - whether they are teachers or soldiers. This is how you get people that will persevere through hardship. History shows that conscription is also highly correlated with desertion.

    Want to end the wars? Start with the budget. Eisenhower was right....

  • I did my military service in Greece, where draft is mandatory. I learnt the team spirit, the coordination with anyone no matter where he was coming from, the solidarity that brought great friendships lasting forever. Draft includes a very strong social issue: young generations' initiation to the equality

    I did my military service in Greece, where draft is mandatory. I learnt the team spirit, the coordination with anyone no matter where he was coming from, the solidarity that brought great friendships lasting forever. Draft includes a very strong social issue: young generations' initiation to the equality and the self and mutual respect through common experience and training.

  • Personally, I think in 50 years, the US will have to reinstate the draft to defend itself.

    As more services are privatized, everyone will watch and think it is great that the economy is going ok.

    Finally, however, the US with it‘s huge national debt will need to look at military spending. To keep their

    Personally, I think in 50 years, the US will have to reinstate the draft to defend itself.

    As more services are privatized, everyone will watch and think it is great that the economy is going ok.

    Finally, however, the US with it‘s huge national debt will need to look at military spending. To keep their companies going, these companies will start deploying their forces at the behest of foreign countries willing to pay. Initially, they will seek permission, then they will accept any job that does not go against American policy, then they will accept any job that does not go against america, and finally, they will then take any job.

    At that point „American“ soldiers could deploy against America because some other country has paid them to. The america will need the draft to build their military from scratch.

  • The draft may come back in Nato even though that tramples on civil rights. How that translates into fewer wars because people will exercise their civil rights ( that for their children have been given away )to oppose wars is confusing .

    Back in days of protest the question was asked "what if they had

    The draft may come back in Nato even though that tramples on civil rights. How that translates into fewer wars because people will exercise their civil rights ( that for their children have been given away )to oppose wars is confusing .

    Back in days of protest the question was asked "what if they had a war and nobody came?"

    Imposing conscription takes away freedom of choice from those who might have to do the fighting. I have family serving in different countries and I am very proud of them because they believe in protecting freedom.

  • How many people are comparing Trump’s US to Nixon’s? It makes it all the stranger that this looped argument for people who don’t want to have more war are willing to insist on more innocent men and women risking their lives. Vietnam anti-government sentiment isn’t a political tool we can pick up and

    How many people are comparing Trump’s US to Nixon’s? It makes it all the stranger that this looped argument for people who don’t want to have more war are willing to insist on more innocent men and women risking their lives. Vietnam anti-government sentiment isn’t a political tool we can pick up and use to get rid of unpopular presidents...

  • While there are some interesting observations being made here, the assumption that a volunteer military results in a forever war is probably premature. There needs to be better evidence of causality, not corollaries or correlations. Bringing back conscription what not necessarily increase democratic

    While there are some interesting observations being made here, the assumption that a volunteer military results in a forever war is probably premature. There needs to be better evidence of causality, not corollaries or correlations. Bringing back conscription what not necessarily increase democratic interest or participation and foreign policy agendas. What needs to be in place is better governance and more up-to-date checks and balances in order to evolve our process to accommodate many of the changes that have happened in the past decades since we did away with the draft.

  • ‘To the dismay of anti-war liberals and leftists, the volunteer military has not reduced war but instead facilitated easier commitment of US troops to conflicts abroad. The end of the draft severed most Americans’ obligations to the military.’

    As well as their attitudes toward it. You may not be able

    ‘To the dismay of anti-war liberals and leftists, the volunteer military has not reduced war but instead facilitated easier commitment of US troops to conflicts abroad. The end of the draft severed most Americans’ obligations to the military.’

    As well as their attitudes toward it. You may not be able to acclimate a generation of boys to grow up with such an idea in mind.

  • It is an important distinction to differentiate between an all-volunteer military, and the US’s mostly-recruited professional military.

    Even though the draft has been gone for nearly five decades, a lot of the changes described in the article are the consequence of post-Cold War era US national security

    It is an important distinction to differentiate between an all-volunteer military, and the US’s mostly-recruited professional military.

    Even though the draft has been gone for nearly five decades, a lot of the changes described in the article are the consequence of post-Cold War era US national security policy. They’re the echos of adapting to a so-called peace dividend that never really manifested. Specifically making those in its ranks assume far more specialized roles than in eras past, and increasing the capacity of overall lethality.

    It is often more cost effective to contract out for civilians to do things like making and serving food. As opposed to the large price tag for someone in uniform to do the same. Especially in light of what are considered long term, low intensity conflicts that US has been involved in over the past 30 years.

  • For all of you on the draft bandwagon, would you have been in favor of it when you were of age? Or would you want your children or grandchildren drafted? Based on a recent court ruling, women will be drafted too. The Military is not in favor of the draft (except on a national emergency basis) because

    For all of you on the draft bandwagon, would you have been in favor of it when you were of age? Or would you want your children or grandchildren drafted? Based on a recent court ruling, women will be drafted too. The Military is not in favor of the draft (except on a national emergency basis) because it forces people to serve who are not motivated to do so. My son served as an Army Ranger from 2008 to 2012 and he told me the last thing the military needs are soldiers forced into draft who lack motivation or fitness to be there. They make our military less effective.

  • How about NOT just no, but HELL to the no! Want to create a disincentive to endless wars?

    1. Establish a constitutional requirement ALL elected federal bureaucrats require 4 years military service, AND

    2. 1 year field deployment for each 4 years DURING government service.

    Don't even really have to do

    How about NOT just no, but HELL to the no! Want to create a disincentive to endless wars?

    1. Establish a constitutional requirement ALL elected federal bureaucrats require 4 years military service, AND

    2. 1 year field deployment for each 4 years DURING government service.

    Don't even really have to do anything else... Make the servants serve.

  • Draft no draft ,humans, robots ,microbes, cats, dolphins ;it makes no difference. If the military industrial complex thought it could get away with it ,they would drop Abrams tanks out of airplanes in hopes of hitting a single insurgent

  • Americans are not disinterested in foreign policy, the “forever wars” the author cites is proof. How can the majority of Americans disapprove yet have no interest? While I agree a draft would give the majority of Americans a more vested interest, I do not believe it would have much impact on legislative

    Americans are not disinterested in foreign policy, the “forever wars” the author cites is proof. How can the majority of Americans disapprove yet have no interest? While I agree a draft would give the majority of Americans a more vested interest, I do not believe it would have much impact on legislative decision making. I feel we would see much better results in educating Americans not just on how government works, but on foreign policy. Learning to make educated decisions will help in the long run.

  • As a veteran and recruiter for the Navy, I concur.