Thursday, April 19, 2007

DeKlining A Draft?

"If you're talking to me in eight or 10 months, and we're not starting to see actual withdrawals, I'll be shocked."- Congressman John Kline , Nov 2005

Since the start of the Iraq war John Kline has told us repeatedly how great things are going in war...through the killing and bombing of American soldiers and civilians, through the torture and humiliation of Iraqi citizens, and through the fraud and stealing by war profiteers like Haliburton. So John Kline telling one more lie like 'We don't need a draft' shouldn't come as a surprise to most of us.

John Kline is on record saying "We do not need a draft", but apparently Pentagon personnel are singing another tune to the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The Senate Armed Services Committee heard testimony Tuesday that increasing the size of the Army and Marine Corps may not resolve severe and growing personnel problems. There was even talk of returning to the draft to fill the ranks. More from the Marinecorps Times.
Beside mentioning how the 'all volunteer force' was never designed for a protracted ground war, it was pointed out that the United States has no reserves if something happens somewhere else (Korea? or even here at home!).

“For the first time since Vietnam, we are caught with no strategic reserve. We simply do not have a strategic fallback position for the crisis that will come inevitably,”
Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, an international relations professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., described what he sees as the “disastrous state” of ground forces, a broken commitment to troops because of broken equipment, missed training and his sense that the 95,000 increase in Army and Marine Corps personnel planned over the next five years isn’t fast enough to provide relief.

So while Kline continues the current Bush administration mantra of 'no draft', ask yourself: Can you believe anything they've said over the last four years? Has any of it been remotely proven true like Bush's 'Mission Accomplished on May 1, 2003'?

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