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Lefta Dissenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-17-03 09:46 AM
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86. Clark's opinion on the draft
for those who are worried that a military man is going to want to enslave young Americans:

Comments at the New Hampshire Town Hall Meeting - September?, 2003 (forgive any typo's, I was trying to transcribe off the videotape - 'pause' doesn't mean 'pause' like it used to)

I was speaking to the Long Island Foreign Affairs Association about three or four weeks ago, and they said, Do you think well need to reinstitute the draft? I said no, I dont think so, because at least for the United States Army, we dont want people in there who dont want to be there. We want volunteers, because thats the way youd run any organization, you dont want to force people to be there.

Rock the Vote Debate - November, 2003

General Clark, this is a wireless question. Would you reinstate the draft? I think they asked this because one of your senior campaign advisers, Congressman Charlie Rangel, says the draft should be reinstated. It's time. Is it?

CLARK: No. I don't think it's time to reinstate the draft. America's armed forces need people who want to be there. And I would not reinstate the draft.

(text snipped: referring to current problems in military)

But here's the key thing on the draft. We believe that the armed forces are better with a volunteer force. And what this country has to understand is that when it puts a foreign policy in place that the American people don't support, the answer for that is not to reinstitute the draft, but to change the foreign policy, and that's where we're headed with Iraq.

I thought he was asked the question about the draft in one of the one-on-one interviews, but I can't find it - I really need to organize my files!!!

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