This article details the fact that it will require a draft to successfully execute an ambitious military-based foreign policy. Sounds obvious, but it’s rarely pointed out. Here’s an excerpt:

Still, if political leaders want to send the troops to solve a vast range of the world’s problems—if they want a military that’s far-flung, deployed on many fronts, and fighting in multiple theaters—then, at some point, numbers do matter. Or, rather, numbers and missions matter. If we want to maintain all these military missions, then the numbers have to go up. If we don’t want to do everything necessary to push the numbers up, then the missions have to be cut back.

So, should we continue to send troops overseas to fight wars, keep peace, settle conflicts, impose order, and build nations? How do we get the extra troops—pay them a lot more (and where do we get that money?), mobilize all the reserves, reactivate the draft?

Or should we handle international affairs in a different way, relying much more on military alliances and diplomacy—not because (or not just because) that’s often regarded as preferable to unilateral military force, but simply because there is no practical alternative?

I’ll take the latter.


Draft, anyone?
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  • This reminds me of a clip I saw the other day of Mike Gravel talking about how ridiculous the “don’t ask don’t tell policy” was.

    He mentioned that ancient Spartans trained their military to be homosexual so they would fight harder for their fellow soldiers.

    Of course he forgets that Sparta was a COMPLETELY militarized society. It wasn’t just a draft. It was taking your child at about the age of 10 and not seeing him again until he came back on a shield, or at the age of 30 when he was allowed to pump out some rugrats–preferable males.

    And without this completely militarized society (Sparta that is), Greece wouldn’t have lasted as long as it did.


    What brings this to mind is two thing:

    1) I know that every time a draft is mentioned in Congress it usually comes from Democrats who are against all these pointless wars and want a more “reasonable” foreign policy. It rarely has anything to do with military strategy, but instead about “class-baiting” politics.

    2) I just watched “300” the other day.

    Anyway, I prefer the latter option, too, Rip. And we will not have a draft anytime soon. The only way to politically pull off a draft, now, is if we actually declare war on someone. When’s the last time that happened, again?

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