Bill Carr is assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, serving as the Deputy Under Secretary in charge of Military Personnel Policy since August 2002. Here, he answers a caller's question on the military draft which he opposes reinstating.
If you want to end American military adventurism, you reinstate the draft. Keep the all volunteer army and our Empire will keep going and going until it bankrupts us.
Germany, by the way, still has a military draft and is currently debating whether to end it. We, on the other hand, should be having a debate over one and over the military in general but for whatever reason we'd much rather cut Social Security and Medicare. If Social Security is a milk cow with 310 million teats, then the US military is one bloated sacred bull goring the fiscal condition of the country.
Despite a rainy, windswept day in New York City, the 80th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade went off as usual, albeit with some disappointing results on some of the new big balloons.
First, a new version of an old favorite was trotted out, called "Chicken Hawk Little," representing all of the neo-con Bush Administration officials, including the President and Veep themselves, who somehow managed to find better things to do when it was their time to serve.
Starting out on the West Side of Manhattan, this balloon was roundly booed by 98% of the onlookers, and had to be retired before it exploded from being pelted with hot cups of Starbucks coffee.
Another new balloon making its maiden voyage was called "Stay the Course," bearing the likenesses of both Bush and General John Abizaid. In perhaps the ultimate irony, this balloon veered wildly off-course, completely off Broadway, and plummeted right into the swamps of the New Jersey Meadowlands.
While Charlie Rangel's proposal to reinstitute a military draft appears to be dead in the water, the Harlem Congressman has come up with a compromise plan: just draft John McCain's family.
Since McCain is virtually the only person in the world still lobbying for more U.S. troops in Iraq -- with the possible exception of Al Qaeda itself -- Rangel felt it was time for McCain to "put up (his own family) or shut up."
McCain, interestingly, had no problem with this proposal, on the condition that it was carried out in accord with the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. As McCain explained to Tim Russert, "don't ask my family if they want to go, and don't tell them we're sending them to the hell-hole called Iraq."
This proposal was also supported by the Christian Right, which contends that McCain has fathered so many children that his own offspring could singlehandedly turn the tide in Iraq.
As Pat Robertson put it, "this would also guarantee an ethnically diverse fighting force that mirrors America, since a good many of McCain's children are from Mongrel races."