Tell me again why we were supposed to fear Democratic Committee leaders? Rep. Charles Rangel, D-NY and Korean War Veteran, says that next year, he will propose a bill calling for a draft to national service. He says that such a thing would deter politicians from engaging in wars of choice, and I think he is right on target with that. He also discusses the possibility that military service would not be the only beneficiary, but also things like airport security.
With politicians like the President and GA District 1 Representative Jack Kingston sounding the 'War on Terror' = 'Our Society's Survival & Our Generations's Great Challenge' frame, isn't it about time we take them to task on their terminology? If this is our great challenge, isn't it time, as John Stewart said, to "WWII this thing?" Isn't it time to put the burden on the whole society and not just the military and their families?
That means a draft, putting hundreds of thousands upon hundreds of thousands if not millions more boots on the ground, backed by the arsenal of democracy that is the American industrial machine. That means Ford stops making SUV's that don't sell and starts making tanks, that means the Gulf Coast will become an industrial hub building troop transports and landing craft, that means oil rationing. It means going all in when you say "all in."
And if America isn't ready for that sort of thing, what does that say about this war?