Pre-emptive Pie-hole Policy Not an Option
October 27, 2004
By Sheila Samples
"They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die
for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor
fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason."
- Ernest Hemingway
My friend Bernie says anyone who believes that George W. Bush's
war on terror isn't a miserable, howling failure is surely a member
of the media, a perp over at the Project for the New American Century
(PNAC), or has had "the lobotomy." Bernie says if Bush manages to
screw up another election, the second thing he's going to do is
hit us with a full-blown draft.
"The second thing?" I asked. "Okay - since Bush always screws
up everything he touches - I'll bite. What's the first thing?"
"Iran!" Bernie snorted. "Don't you pay attention? The articles
have already been written. The graphics are loaded. The media is
just waiting for Bush to give 'em the signal so they can write the
headlines and fill in the date and time of the attack. Then," he
grinned, "Hi-ho, hi-ho - it's off to war we go..."
Bernie could be on to something. Anybody even remotely familiar
with the totally mad ravings of the Machiavellian Michael Ledeen
for the past two decades, or the sheer inhumanity lurking behind
the chilly smile frozen on the warmongering face of Bill Kristol,
editor of Rupert Murdoch's neoconservative Weekly Standard,
knows that Iraq was only the beginning of a struggle with the "terror
masters" of evil - a war that Ledeen cheerfully announces will "go
"I've been watching Ledeen for years," Bernie said, "ever since
the '80s, when he weaseled his way not only into the National Security
Council and the Pentagon, but into Alexander Haig's brain over at
State. Now, he squats in the 'freedom chair' at the American Enterprise
Institute (AEI), and works with folks at AIPAC (American Israel
Public Affairs Committee) and JINSA (Jewish Institute for National
Security Affairs) whippin' up blind fear that Iran is gonna nuke
us before sunset."
"Nobody makes a better livin' at killin' than Mikey Ledeen. Hell,"
Bernie continued. "The body parts hadn't been scraped off the streets
of Baghdad from Bush's premature and giddy attack on Iraq before
Ledeen was ready to move on - to deliver God's gift of freedom to
millions of folks unfortunate enough to live on top of the oil in
Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia and even little ol' Libya. Liberation's
a dirty job," Bernie said. "It's hard work - but like Ledeen says,
somebody's gotta do it."
"Bernie," I said, fighting the impulse to skitter into the corner
to crouch there, whimpering and gnawing on what little remains of
my hair, "there must be another way. Surely, if George Bush screws
up... er, wins another election, surely he's learned his lesson.
He won't listen to people like Kristol and Ledeen..."
"Naw, Bush don't listen to 'em," Bernie grinned. "He don't have
to listen. He wouldn't understand what they were sayin' even if
he did listen. He just opens up, and whatever they shout in his
ear immediately blasts out through his pie-hole. I call it Bush's
pie-hole foreign policy. I call it Bush's premature, pre-emptive
pie-hole foreign policy. I call it Bush's predatory, pre-emptive,
"Okay - okay! I get the picture!" I interrupted hurriedly. "But
you're right, Bernie. There's no way we can continue on this course
without a draft. As of today, we've lost 1,110
American troops in Iraq. Seven of that number are reported as
killed but not identified because their families don't yet know
they are gone forever. More than 8,000 have been wounded and nearly
that many more evacuated because of disease, much of which - like
Ledeen's eternal war - is the depleted uranium gift that just keeps
"Americans need to snap out of it," Bernie said, his eyes suddenly
hard. "Time's up. Americans are out there dancin' alone on the brink
of catastrophe, and nobody's covering their backs. They've been
played for fools by the media, betrayed by their political leaders
and cuckolded by their religious leaders."
"Help is not on the way for folks who think they can barricade
themselves behind closed doors and ride out the storm," Bernie said.
"War is on the way. A draft is on the way, and you can take it to
the bank that these guys agree with former Secretary of State Henry
Kissinger, who has been widely quoted as saying contemptuously that
military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in
"Look," Bernie continued, "I don't know whether Americans just
can't handle the truth - or if they've been lied to so damn much
they don't recognize it anymore. They may not like it - you may
not like it - but this guy's a liar. Plain and simple. If what comes
blaring out of his pie-hole isn't true - it's a lie. Not an exaggeration.
Not a misrepresentation. Bush doesn't 'misspeak.' He lies. Lies.
Bernie pointed out that Bush likes to brag about not only his
first, but his best accomplishment after taking office - the massive
670-page No Child Left Behind Act. Although he has relentlessly
cut funds for this education program, buried so deep that few noticed
is a provision requiring public secondary schools to provide military
recruiters not only with access to facilities, but also with contact
information, to include addresses and telephone numbers, for every
student - or face a cutoff of all federal aid.
In his November/December 2002 article
in Mother Jones Magazine, David Goodman says recruiters
are up-front about using school lists to aggressively pursue students
through mailings, phone calls and personal visits - even if parents
According to Goodman, Major Johannes Paraan, head US Army recruiter
for Vermont and northeastern New York, said, "The only thing that
will get us to stop contacting the family is if they call their
congressman... Or maybe if the kid died, we'll take them (sic) off
Although Bush is promising unequivocally, "There will never be
a draft as long as I am the President," and House Majority Leader,
Texas Republican Tom DeLay tried to allay voters' fears by the sudden
call-up and defeat earlier this month of a draft bill sponsored
by New York Democrat Rep. Charles Rangel, who candidly admits he
submitted it to make the political point the military is being stretched
too thin under Bush, the beat goes on.
Especially in the halls of the Selective Service Department. Last
week, the New York Times reported there were contingency
plans for a draft of "doctors, nurses and other health care workers
in case of a national emergency that overwhelms the military's medical
When pinned down, the Selective Service blandly said it was merely
a routine update, and assured us that it was "on the shelf," or
just an option on the table, and would stay there unless they were
directed to carry it out.
However, the Pentagon was furious. "It is the policy of this administration
to oppose a military draft for any purpose whatsoever," spokesman
Lawrence T.Di Rita said. "A return to the draft is unthinkable.
There will be no draft."
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld echoed that sentiment. In an
with WOAI-AM Radio in San Antonio, Texas, Rumsfeld said the draft
idea was "false and mischievous." He knocked the option completely
off the table by emphasizing, "We do not have a draft. We do not
intend to have a draft. There is no intention to draft doctors or
dentists or veterinarians or anything else I can think of."
Goodness gracious! Henny Penny! Tell that to the thousands of
soldiers affected by the June 2004 "stop-loss" orders that forced
them to remain in the service and head back to Iraq even though
their contractual commitments were up.
Tell it to soldiers of Fort Carson, Colorado's 3rd Brigade Combat
Team, who were told to reenlist for three more years or be transferred
to units deploying for Iraq. These all-volunteer active-duty soldiers
suddenly find themselves involuntarily restrained until 2007.
Tell it to the National Guard, the Reserves, and especially to
the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) forces - people honorably discharged
after serving four to six years, but remain in the IRR for the rest
of their eight-year commitments. These people are rarely called
up, but more than 4,000 IRR troops have been, and fully a third
- 843 - have failed to report for duty.
Tell it to 70-year-old Ted Wallace of Los Gatos, California, who
was recently ordered to report for deployment to Iraq. NBC Affiliate
KNTV reported that Wallace "checked the documents with his local
recruiting office and they told him they were accurate and authentic.
He says he is going to report to duty but hopes they don't put him
on the front line. He also hopes that the army will put off his
deployment until after his upcoming knee surgery."
Although denial after denial comes blaring out of Bush's pie-hole
on the campaign trail that there will be no draft, those who haven't
been bludgeoned into blind obedience or infused with unthinking
ideological stupidity, know differently. It is an abomination that
American citizens accept this administration's outlook that their
children are "dumb, stupid animals" to be used as pawns in a greedy
crusade of what Russian activist Alexander Berkman once described
so succinctly as "brutish callousness, wanton destruction and irresponsible
Bush has plans for our young men and for our young women as well.
Why - when millions of Americans will be affected - is the response
only long silence followed by a few vague bleats of polite demurral
- drowned out by mindless chants of "four more years... four more
Don't these people have children? Don't they know that in the
critical weeks remaining of this destructive administration, many
more Americans will die like dogs on a bloody battlefield for no
good reason? Don't they know we can't take four more years of this
Bush cannot be allowed to screw up another election. He cannot
be allowed to force more war, an involuntary draft - a pre-emptive
pie-hole foreign policy on the innocent peoples of this world -
a police state on the American people - and all for no good reason.
When Americans realize the best they can hope for is another black
memorial wall in Washington, D.C., all options for four more years
of George W. Bush are - or should be - off the table.
Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma freelance writer and a former
civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She will accept praise
and atta-boys at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complaints and death threats should be directed to her cousin, Junior
Samples, at BR-549.