Sunday, November 19, 2006

Rangel calls for reinstatement of draft...again

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) is repeating his call for reinstatement of the draft. He did the same a couple years back. As is typical among Democrats, Ol' Charlie speaks out of both sides of his mouth...

We need a draft because:
"If we're going to challenge Iran and challenge North Korea and then, as some people have asked, to send more troops to Iraq, we can't do that without a draft," Rangel said.
No, wait...we need a draft because:
"There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way," Rangel said.
It's that second statement that bothers me the most. Mr. Rangel knows full well that "this president and this administration" did not invade Iraq without the the consent of Congress. He reveals his low opinion of his colleagues in Congress by implying that the presence or absence of the draft would dictate how his colleagues would vote on such a grave issue.

Let's hope the Dems keep up this idiocy so they're bounced back out in '08.

Update: Just for the record...I've thought for many years that a limited application of the draft in which each service gets some small percentage of their annual quota from the draft would be a good idea. But I'm strongly opposed to a draft imposed for political reasons.

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