This guy is totally off his rocker.
“I voted against the volunteer army because I felt if we ever had a war, we wouldn’t be able to sustain [it],” Murtha said during the March 29 edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room.”
Well, any problems sustaining the current war are not with the military. They’re with cut-n-runners like Murtha. He’s the one unable to sustain it.
Something often lost on those debating the draft is that there is not room for one single draftee in the military today. The military is full.
Is the military stretched? Yes. But keep in mind that no one arguing for a draft says we need it to increase the size of the military. They say we need it so that the military better represents America socially and culturally, so that everyone has an equal chance of being forced into service whether they want it or not.
Murdoc says stay with the all-volunteer force unless we reach a point where we simply cannot fill the ranks and the situation requires that they be filled immediately. At that point, a draft would be in order.
Oh. That’s what we have today.
“This is one of the smallest armies we’ve had since before World War II, right before the Korean War,” added the congressman. Murtha, a frequent critic of the war in Iraq, claimed that the president’s handling of the war has depleted the country’s strategic reserve.
As noted, Murdoc has no problem with expanding the size of the military. For the record, I think the Army needs to add another 10-12 brigades. But we had a far larger military than that in the 1980s with no draft. It would be nice if characters like Murtha would stop implying that a draft is needed because the military is stretched. If he thinks the military is too small, first you have to expand it. If you expand it and cannot fill the larger ranks, maybe talking about a draft would be in order. I’d think there would be a lot of other options to try first, but at least it would be an honest need for more enlistees.
Right now he just wails on about how he thinks people should be forced to serve because that’s what it was like in the old days when the military was larger, then mentions that today’s military is stretched and pretends that a draft would solve the problem.
“And I think also, everybody ought to be able to serve in this country,” Murtha said. “I think we ought to not just have a select few who volunteer. I think everybody ought to be obligated to serve.
“We’d do it by lottery, and we’d call everybody up,” he continued. “I think we have a citizen’s army is what it ought to be, not just a volunteer professional army.”
Is it me, or does he almost sound like he’s claiming that not everybody is able to serve? He’s playing it like it’s all so terribly unfair that only volunteers are able to serve, while all those poor folks who didn’t volunteer don’t get to serve.
Like I said, the man’s just plain lost it.