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Bush $28 mil reducing DRAFT activation time to 75 days, 35,000 NG to Iraq!
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The following timeline gives you the main events indicating the resumption of the military draft. According to this, the draft will be needed to maintain troop levels in Iraq past March 2005, barring double deployments. $28 million is allocated by the Selective Service to reduce activation time from the current 8 months to 75 days by March 31, 2005. If Bush asks Congress on April 1, 2005 to reinstate conscription, the first Draft Lottery could be June 15, 2005. A Medical Draft and a new Special Skills Draft would also be activated automatically. BTW, Kerry has stated he is opposed to the draft and has detailed how he would avoid having to reinstate it.

BUSH '04 = DRAFT '05

Impending Draft Timeline

1994 The Grand Chessboard by Zbignew Brzezinski compares Central Asia to a chess game with Russia and China--which must eventually result in an American win. Control of the worlds oil supply and dominance in the 21st Century is at stake, as cheap oil ends in the 2010s. Noting that the Central Asian Republics are infinitely more important than any other region--save the Mideast--because an enormous concentration of natural gas and oil reserves is located in the region, in addition to important minerals, including gold Any successful American policy must focus on Eurasia as a whole and be guided by a Geostrategic designThat puts a premium on maneuver and manipulation in order to prevent the emergence of a hostile coalition that could eventually seek to challenge America's primacy"

1990s Project For A New American Century and other right-wing organizations develop strategy for a uni-polar world ruled by the United States with many US bases in the Mideast and Central Asia. Invading Iraq and controlling the worlds oil supply becomes the Neo-Con manifesto.

Article by Will Pitt:

September 11, 2001 The 9-11 Attack. A War on Terror is begun by Bush with the agreement of the Congress. In the mission of the Selective Service, it is stated that the Volunteer Army is only intended for peacetime. In case of war, the nation may turn to the Selective Service. That is why it must always be kept as an option, even if dormant.

January 8, 2002 - On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act, supposedly to provide accountability education policies. Yet hidden within the 670-page piece of legislation is Section 9528: each local educational agency receiving assistance under this Act shall provide, on a request made by military recruiters or an institution of higher education, access to secondary school students names, addresses, and telephone listings. All schools must comply with this unfunded mandate or they lose their federal funding. This amounts to legislated blackmail for student names. The act also says: A secondary school student or the parent of the student may request that the students name, address, and telephone listing not be released without prior written parental consent, and the local educational agency or private school shall notify parents of the option to make a request and shall comply with any request.

Early 2003 - Iraq War, 250,000 out of 480,000 active-duty troops deployed, conquer Iraq within a few weeks. Yet the U.S. has no plan ready for reconstruction or democracy and Iraqis, happy at liberation from Saddam, grow sour at the slow pace, the continued lack of electricity and fuel and the isolated civil control of the CPA. Garner soon replaced by Bremer who is no better at speeding up Reconstruction, and the resistance grows with disaffected Iraqis, old regrouped Baathists and new foreign fighters. Except for the British, substantial foreign troops are impossible, given Bushs desire to keep total control of Iraq. The lack of diplomacy, planning and incompetence adds years to the time high US troop levels will be needed to maintain control of Iraq and rebuild and exploit its oilfields.

Summer 2003 Philadelphia Draft Board members unexpectedly told to recruit new members for Board vacancies during Summer training. (from Nov. 3 Salon article)

July 25, 2003 World Net Daily article on plans for the medical draft (HCPDS). System could draft up to 80,000 doctors, nurses and specialists, men and women.

September 3, 2003 The Congressional Budget Office warns that the Army lacks sufficient active-duty forces to maintain its current level of nearly 150,000 troops in Iraq beyond next spring (march 2004). "The Army does not have enough active-duty component forces to simultaneously maintain the occupation at its current size, limit deployments to one year, and sustain all of its other commitments"

September 23, 2003 Draft Board Recruitment ad appears on Defense.Link site. First public ad for Draft Boards in decades. Page scrubbed within a few days of being noticed by some media in early November. Spokesman says there is no plan to reinstate draft, which must be authorized by Congress.

October 16, 2003 Donald Rumsfeld memo leaks, saying Iraq will be a long, hard slog. executive/rumsfeld-memo.htm

Nov. 4, 2003 NY Times article on Army Honor Guard Company B being sent to MidEast, revealing how thin troops are being stretched to cover the 2004-2005 rotation.$10...

Nov. 5, 2003 Toronto Star article quotes Ned Lebow This (draft board ad) is significant, Lebow, a presidential scholar at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and former professor of strategy at the National War College in Washington, adds, "What the department of defence is doing is creating the infrastructure to make the draft a viable option should the administration wish to go this route."

Nov. 5, 2003 Guardian article on Draft Board ad. SSS spokesman Amon said 80% of 11,000 Draft Board slots are vacant. (2,000 local boards, over 8,000 empty seats),12271,1077906,00....

Nov. 12, 2003 If President Bush is re-elected, it is likely that he will reinstate the draft. The war on terrorism will not end in Iraq, but instead will proceed into countries like Syria and Iran," said Daniel Ellsberg, of Pentagon Papers fame.

November, 2003 Selective Service 2004 Performance Plan summarizes how $28 million will be allocated in 2004 to reduce draft activation time from current 8 months to just 75 days. Nation-wide Readiness Exercises, testing the Draft Lottery and examination system, as well as gearing up the Medical Draft (3.4 million doctors and nurses, men and women age 20-44 are eligible). Ominously, the Alternative Service delivery system for Conscientious Objectors is readied for the first time in decades, with the SSS being funded to compile lists of available Alternative Service jobs for those who win non-military CO status. All systems will be pushed to reach 95% readiness during 2004.

Nov. 23, 2003 Boston Globe article: Army Reserve battling an exodus
War is seen as drain on ranks. The US Army Reserve fell short of its reenlistment goals this fiscal year, underscoring Pentagon fears that the protracted conflict in Iraq could cause a crippling exodus from the armed services. /

Nov. 24, 2003 NY Times: Army plans for 100,000 troops until 2006 in Iraq.

Nov. 26, 2003 Ron Paul (R-TX) says Draft likely to be reinstated.

December, 2003 - Draft Board Recruitment ad re-appears on the Selective Service Home Page with 2 new sentences stressing the ad has NO connection to Iraq.

Dec. 4, 2003 Ted Rall predicts Bush will have to bring back the draft. Notes 8,000 empty Draft Board seats to be filled by Spring 2005. Wonders about a February (2005) Surprise if Bush is re-elected.

December 22, 2003 In an article entitled Beware of Attempts to Revive Military Draft, Newsday reports that the Center on Conscience and War executive director, J. E. McNeil has heard of rumblings, from the Republican side of the aisle in Congress, about a draft after the election. The opinion piece worries whether a revived draft would give this war-without-end presidency an endless source of warm bodies to pursue its cowboy foreign policy. Author Keeler also wonders about a February (2005) Surprise.

December, 2003 Dennis Kucinich releases and airs ad on draft: Listen up, young America you could be facing a Compulsory Draft!

December, 2003 - The Selective Service Register magazine talks about the new Special Skill Draft, a top priority for Director Lewis Brodsky. Like the Medical Draft, the Special Skills Draft will induct men and women up to age 44 if they have needed DoD skills like computer expertise, engineering or they are a linguist. As with the health care draftees, no medical deferments are allowed except for total disability. Anyone with these skills will have to register with the SSS if Bush is re-elected and asks Congress for this. Moving quickly! (go to P. 6) from sss,gov home page

December 29, 2003 - WP article: Army Stops Many Soldiers From Quitting, Orders Extend Enlistments to Curtail Troop Shortages 40,000 soldiers and Guard put on Stop-Loss. A Draft Per Se already exists! With the new stop-loss orders the Armed Forces actually go 20,000 past 480,000 active troops, to 500,000 active troops, the maximum before Congress steps in.
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