Skip to comments.McChrystal: Time to bring back the draft
Posted on 07/05/2012 11:51:33 AM PDT by Timber Rattler
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander of international forces in Afghanistan, said this week that the United States should bring back the draft if it ever goes to war again.
"I think we ought to have a draft. I think if a nation goes to war, it shouldn't be solely be represented by a professional force, because it gets to be unrepresentative of the population," McChrystal said at a late-night event June 29 at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival. "I think if a nation goes to war, every town, every city needs to be at risk. You make that decision and everybody has skin in the game."
He argued that the burdens of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan haven't been properly shared across the U.S. population, and emphasized that the U.S. military could train draftees so that there wouldn't be a loss of effectiveness in the war effort.
"I've enjoyed the benefits of a professional service, but I think we'd be better if we actually went to a draft these days," he said. "There would some loss of professionalism, but for the nation it would be a better course."
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And I guess McChrystal has forgotten how dysfunctional the draft system was during the Vietnam War, which led to the volunteer military in the first place.
So I suggest that the problem is not a volunteer military, but the lack of will of our political leaders to WIN, and the crippling rules of engagement that they impose on our service people, thereby extending the GWOT and stressing the force.
What an asinine statement!
Undependable draftees get good soldiers killed.
Translation: Not enough rich, white boys dying in battle.
I think he’s complaining about the over representation of blacks and Hispanics in the armed forces. He’s not explicitly wrong.
Why would it be right to complain about blacks and Hispanics in the armed forces?
Let's do everything we can to screw it up.
Diversity uber alles!!!
Next time you are in line at Walmart, think about that McChrystal as you survey the young guys with the tatooed arms and legs, nose rings, Mohawk haircuts, eyebrow jewelry and tongue pins.
They might fit in pretty well with an army of Huns or Goths based on appearance, but when the chips are down, they Huns or Goths would kick their sorry butts out of the camp or cut their heads off.
I believe you are absolutely correct. Don’t need a draft.
Will women be included in such a draft, I wonder? If they are not the feminist lobby would go berserk.
“I think we ought to have a draft. I think if a nation goes to war, it shouldn’t be solely be represented by a professional force, because it gets to be unrepresentative of the population,”
This clown was in charge of anything more than a fry vat?
We no longer enter wars to win.
We enter wars to apologize and waste lives and treasure.
I think when you graduate from high school everyone should enter the military and spend at least two years. I also thing that all officers should have to serve time as and enlisted person
Blacks/Hispanics around 33%. Too many? Too few? Whitey still around 67%. Since it all volunteer, he is wrong. Draftees suck, not universally but enough to lower efficiency. Two year enlistments are a recipe for disaster.
Would you be a little nervous if someone like Obama or Holder were elected president and the military was all black?
I also thing that all officers should have to serve time as and enlisted person
Alternate translation: We were hamstrung by a lack of infantry.
In Iraq they were using artillery battalions to do foot patrols.
And of course, men should be forced to bunk with open homosexuals... < /sarc >
How about if Barack Hussein Obama were to go through basic training at least ONCE in his life since he HAS ZERO MILITARY EXPERIENCE and became Commander in Chief.
You are incorrect.
A heritage Foundation study, via DoD data, shows Whites are slightly over represented in the US Military, as are Negroes.
Whites are much more over represented in the combat arms jobs while Negroes and others are under represented.
So-called "Hispanic" people are under represented in all categories of the military.
The demographic study also points out that lower income people are under represented in the military, thus shooting down the fallacy poor people join to get the benefits.