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ringmastery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:10 AM
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According to McCain: no chance of draft after election
http://www.freep.com/voices/columnists/webmccain_200404...

Question: As our Iraq commitment continues, do you see, post-election, any possibility of a military draft?

Answer: No, because the type of training that is required now to have a soldier or airman qualify is just very time consuming. The equipment they use, the technological skills are such that it wouldn't work.

And I think overall, with one exception, the all-volunteer force has been very successful. And that one exception is the obvious one, that is all not all classes of Americans serve. The manifestation of that probably is that there are fewer and fewer members of Congress that have had military service.

I'm not saying that everybody should have military service. But I am saying at least a certain proportion should. . . .

You don't have to have had military service to be a great president. I think Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, they had little or no military experience. But I think there has to be a certain portion of people who are representatives have had those experiences to know what the lifestyle and the difficulties and challenges of military life entail.

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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:12 AM
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1. Well I guess that settles the issue
The draft will not return because a politician said so.
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MinnFats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:15 AM
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2. Oh, goody. I feel much better now. Especially since my son...
...will be 18 before the end of, of, the term of ... the next president of the U.S. If that;s GWB....well, he's not getting my son.

as for all this high-tech training....the military will always need 'grunts' to do the menial work during peace time ... and somehow die during war time.
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dfong63 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:26 AM
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3. then why don't we save a few million$ and
... dissolve the draft boards, instead of gearing up to activate them?
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punpirate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:00 AM
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4. McCain is being disingenuous....
It takes about 20 weeks to put an infantryman in the field. If the government decides to do it, they can be in field a helluva lot quicker than McCain suggests.

If one needs to find out if it's coming, look for refurbishing of closed basic training facilities.
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Florida_Geek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:19 AM
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8. Disingenuous - right
How much training does it really take to guard a oil pipeline, or a truck convoy.
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:03 AM
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5. Good - they are FORCED to answer the question
Keep asking the question. They can't lie forever.

Questions like this bubble up from the internet. This is US asking these questions.
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:16 AM
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6. Good, he must be predicting a Kerry win
and must know that Kerry will not reinstate the draft.

If Bush is elected or reselected, I could almost guarantee a reinstatement of the draft. Am willing to bet serious money on this if there are any takers.
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Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 05:50 AM
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7. McCain also implied in a speech before the invasion of Iraq...
...that it would be a cakewalk. I don't trust this two-faced politician.
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