Bill Moyers Journal: Bill Moyers Essay: Bring back the Draft!

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October 30, 2009

Restoring Accountability for Washington’s Wars


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6 thoughts on “Bill Moyers Journal: Bill Moyers Essay: Bring back the Draft!

  1. When I saw the headline on this, I wasn’t sure how or why Moyers would say such a thing. But, the notion he advances makes considerable sense.

    One of the big problems that the last Administration created in launching these stupid wars was the idea that they could be fought and won on the cheap, both in terms of lives and fiscally.

    Wars rarely work out that way.

    Would rather not have conscription brought back, and would rather we withdrew our forces from Afghanistan and Iraq.

    That, to me, and I believe, Mr. Moyers, is the only truly sensible solution to this.

    Any other will simply fall badly short of whatever goals it aspires to accomplish, and only result in more American, Afghan, British, French, Canadian and other NATO allied dead and wounded, and for nothing ultimately.

    Let’s also not repeat the disgraceful spectacle we displayed in Viet-Nam, and bring those Iraqis and Afghans who cast their lots with us to either the US or any place else in the world they wish to go.

    That, it seems to me, is only fair.

  2. Bill, your declaration that the means to end the war in Afghanistan (through victory or withdrawal) is to bring back the draft is dead on accurate and a theme I have advocated since the draft turned into a “lottery” (some could just plain “luck out”) in the mid-60s, let alone when it was abolished altogether for a mercenary system. There would be no further Viet Nams (read, Iraq, Afganistan, and soon, Iran) had the draft been left in place since 1965. Every politician, and every sloganistic
    “patriot,” needs to have “skin in the game.” Without pain or risk, voting that requires the sacrifice of others is beyond easy, it’s the pandering thing to do.

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