I’ve written at length here and here why there is no way in hell that there will ever be another draft in the United States, pending some huge, imminent threat to our national existence. But that hasn’t kept some morons from repeatedly screaming about their terror of being “drafted away from their families and jobs, and sent off to fight some illegal war” (quoted loosely; I don’t feel like re-reading that particular idiot’s words yet again).
The biggest weapon in their arsenal has been to cite the shortcomings the military has faced in their recruiting quotas of late. That particular gun was little more than a cap gun — the Navy, Air Force, and Marines have all been meeting or exceeding their goals. The Marines are an especially enlightening example — they represent 11% of the forces in Iraq but have taken 30% of the casualties, so one would think they would have the most trouble getting recruits, but they’ve been turning people away.
And now there’s news that the cap gun has no caps. The Army announced yesterday that, after several months of falling short, they had met their goals for June.
I was briefly worried about those who’ve been lying awake at night, dreading the knock on the door and the scary man in uniform telling them that “Uncle Sam wants YOU — and he ain’t taking ‘no’ for an answer!”
Then I realized that they’ll just find something new to panic over. It’s their best tactic to keep themselves from having to actually think.