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Ex US Commander, McChrystal Calls for Reviving The Draft

WASHINGTON — The former US commander in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal, has urged that the draft be reinstated to spread the burden of fighting and to instill a sense of shared civic duty among young Americans.

The country’s all-volunteer force has performed with great skill but after more than a decade of war “we’re running very, very hard and at a certain point you can’t expect it to go forever,” McChrystal said at a conference last month.

Apart from the strain on troops and their families after repeated deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, only a small fraction of the population was affected by the conflicts, the general said.

“It’s less than one percent of Americans touched by this,” he said at the event organized by the Aspen Institute.

Other senior military leaders have voiced concern about a growing gap between the all-volunteer force and the rest of society.


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Yeah, that should just about

Yeah, that should just about do us.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

if you raise drafting age to include boomers

and send them first, sure, why not. by the time they come back with missing limps is around the age they won't be able to work anyway. it all makes sense. send them away and let their kids inherit their asset, and we can start over. their voting has resulted in all the unconstitutional wars in the first place anyway. it all makes sense.

great idea

WTH? That's a really crappy

WTH? That's a really crappy collectivist statement there. Excuse me, I"m a baby boomer and I voted for Ron Paul in 08 and again this time around too. As did my 80 yr old Mom and my two sons. By assuming that my generation voted these idiots into office, you throw out the fact that our elections have been rigged for a very long time. You think its only now that they have started to cheat in these caucuses and primaries?

Its my generation that protested the draft and the losing of limbs of our brothers. We protested the Vietnam war hoping that our Govt would get the message and that guys like you would never have to go get shot up and maimed every again. WE are not responsible for this mess in DC or how it affects you. It affects us in all the same ways.

Your statements on this thread are hugely offensive. I politely ask that you remove them or edit them. To suggest throwing people my age into a war so that we come home maimed so that those of YOUR generation can inherit our assets is incredibly callous and rude. Please edit your posts.

Blessings )o(

The reasons we should send the older generations....

Exceptions to not negate the rule. Just because some protested does not mean many older generation weren't for the wars.

The older generation has the most political power. If we required of them combat duty, we simply wouldn't have these wars. Most Americans want the other guy to go.

Second, it is expensive to wound a young person, who requires lifetime care. Better that an older person gets injured. Old people can drive convoys and get hit by IEDs as well as anyone.

But again, that is a moot point, as there wouldn't be any wars if everyone had to do time on the front lines, including women. There are plenty of women who support the wars - I'm all for them in combat.

Fantastic idea!

How about let's start with neocons over 60 "the chicken Hawk brigade".

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
Albert Einstein

yes and chris matthews co. and all the rest

flip floppers included

Can you imagine Chris

Can you imagine Chris Matthews and Bill O'Reilly in a fighting hole. I think the enemy would die on the ground from laughter. lol

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You are right McChrystal.

“we’re running very, very hard and at a certain point you can’t expect it to go forever,” so after more than a decade of war, let's take a different tack, and stop the wars.

Undo what Wilson did