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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:30 AM
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Poll finds many would do anything necessary to avoid a military draft
http://www.wtvm.com/Global/story.asp?S=5388556&nav=8fap

MONTGOMERY, Ala. Would you go into the military if the United States reinstituted a draft? A lot of people in Alabama say no.

A new poll shows that about 35 percent of young Alabamians would try to avoid military service in the event of a draft.

The poll was conducted by the Press-Register newspaper in Mobile and the University of South Alabama. It found that 62 percent of young people say they would enlist before being drafted or accept having their number called.

But 20 percent say they would do anything necessary to avoid being drafted. And another 15 percent would pursue legal options to avoid military service.
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Frustratedlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:40 AM
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1. Mark me down as one who would do anything to avoid the draft
for my grandsons. I'd personally drive them to Canada, rather than put them under the command of these clowns. This administration may think they are expendable, but I don't.

That is said by one who has had many service personnel in the family who spent time in WWII, Korea, Viet Nam and Iraq.

There is a time to say yes and a time to say enough.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:42 AM
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2. That's right! Now go back and rate this thread up!
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Frustratedlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:44 AM
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3. Done!
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 11:11 AM
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6. Thank you for supporting the troops! Bring them home now!
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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:47 AM
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4. But, but, but...Alabama is hardcore Red and they LOVE Bush...so
what does it mean?

Apparently Alabamans are not willing to back up their vote with action. You Bush-loving Alabamans who wouldn't suit up to support your president should ALL VOTE DEMOCRATIC!
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Hav Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:56 AM
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5. .
"The poll was conducted by the Press-Register newspaper in Mobile and the University of South Alabama. It found that 62 percent of young people say they would enlist before being drafted or accept having their number called."


62% joining sounds pretty high to me.
But anyways, I suppose that most don't want to appear as cowards when asked such a question.
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cyclezealot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 11:16 AM
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7. Morel likely, makes them hypocrites.
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 11:19 AM
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8. Like join the Texas Air Guard?
Edited on Sun Oct-08-06 11:20 AM by nomad1776
That's the example their LEADER has set for them.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:07 PM
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9. Join and then go AWOL? You mean that example?
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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:10 PM
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10. Wow, so if Bush instituted a draft, he would still win Alabama
Gotta give them credit for their commitment to their leader.
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:47 PM
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11. I said this last night, I'll say it again
Staying the course is the worst thing Bush can do in practical terms about Iraq, but political calculus dictates that he continue to do so.

Any serious attempt to "win" in Iraq would involve imposing a draft and raising taxes. Both would be very unpopular moves and Bush does not have the political will to make unpopular moves. He would prefer to create the illusion that he's serious about defeating terrorists by shredding the Constitution and violating international humanitarian law.

His other alternative is to leave Iraq, which would "leave Iraq to the terrorists" (he says) and leave Iraq's resources to the Iraqis (which is what he really abhors).
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:58 PM
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12. I am not trying to be snarky here
Edited on Sun Oct-08-06 01:58 PM by NNN0LHI
How many soldiers and how much money would one expect to need to "win in Iraq?"

I really don't know the answer to that and am not convinced that any amount of money and soldiers we are prepared to expend would do the job and that is why I am asking.

I mean we are now fighting Iraqis who were 10 and 11 years old when Bush invaded. Pretty soon we are going to be fighting Iraqis who weren't even born yet when he invaded. In other words the Iraqis are multiplying. I just can't see anything we could ever put in a "win" column knowing that.

Thanks in advance if you have a moment.

Don

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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 02:05 PM
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13. There's that problem as well
Edited on Sun Oct-08-06 02:19 PM by Jack Rabbit
What you bring is a good reason to simply support withdrawal from Iraq.

However, just assuming for the sake of argument that winning in Iraq is possible, then "staying the course" isn't going to do it.

ON EDIT

To make this point clear, I do not believe the war in Iraq can be won.

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