So you are saying the purpose of the draft would be to spread the burden. I don't see that as the purpose. I see the military purpose, to get adequate troop strength so we don't have to abuse our existing troops and reserves.<quoted text>
The surge helped quell the violence, thanks, I know that probably hurt. The nation is increasing the size of the force, but it getting their with the current structure. A draft in a nation of 300 million people to raise, say, another 100 thousand? That doesn't do much to spread the burden, it would still apply only to the few, just randomly rather than by choice. Not much of a plan. You don't want chaos and you don't want us there. Me neither, but they're mutually exclusive, so pick one. Revive your liberal idealism.
I have picked one. I want our troops out of Iraq because I think sooner or later there is going to be a civil war there regardless of how long we stay. All our troops are doing is postponing the inevitable, and I don't see the point in more Americans dieing and being maimed for that purpose. My liberal idealism doesn't support using the American military for nation building. That isn't the purpose of our military forces. Our President didn't used to think so either. Oct. 11, 2000 - George W. Bush:
"I think what we need to do is convince people who live in the lands they live in to build the nations. Maybe I'm missing something here. I mean we're going to have kind of a nation-building corps from America. Absolutely not. Our military is meant to fight and win war. That's what it's meant to do and when it gets overextended, morale drops".