Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Bill Carr on the Military Draft

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.


Reprinted from The Satirical Political Report

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.


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Reprinted from The Satirical Political Report

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."


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Pelosi smacks down Rangel over draft reintroduction

In a comment in the thread of my earlier piece on the farrago, I suggested that one might usefully ask the question, What did Pelosi know and when did she know it?

The inference which her intervention earlier today on the subject invites us to make is, She knew nothing.

She and Hoyer, the Burns and Allen de nos jours,fronted up to the gentlemen of the press:

"The speaker and I have discussed scheduling'' for the House next year, Hoyer said after a meeting today with Pelosi. "It did not include'' the draft, he said.

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Dems plan to reintroduce the draft? WTF!

I jest not:

A senior House Democrat said Sunday he will introduce legislation to reinstate the military draft...

Charlie Rangel, that is. Presumptive Ways and Means chairman in the 110th. Chatting to Bob Schieffer today.

One senses his proposal (not the first time he's made it - there was HR 4752 in the 109th for a start) is intended merely to demonstrate the gross overstretch of US forces under the current regime.

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