Why We Need a Draft: A Marine’s Lament
He was in the firefights of Fallujah. He saw gaps in America’s arsenal that he believes can only be filled when America’s elite puts its sons on the battlefield. A plea for selective service.
Like every other pro-draft opinion out there, this one is based on the hoped-for side effects of a military draft, not on direct impact such a thing would have.
America isn’t practicing the basic tenet of capitalism on the battlefield with an all-volunteer military, and won’t be until the reinstitution of the draft.
The argument is that if everyones sons and daughters were in the military, all the money for all the MRAPs and body armor and other cool stuff would flow into the armed forces. And how about this:
We have a severe talent deficiency in the military, which the draft would remedy immediately. While America’s bravest are in the military, America’s brightest are not. Allow me to build a squad of the five brightest students from MIT and Caltech and promise them patrols on the highways connecting Baghdad and Fallujah, and I’ll bet that in six months they could render IED’s about as effective as a –Just Say No” campaign at a Grateful Dead show.
The mine has been a dangerous weapon for the entire history of human warfare, virtually all of it built on conscript armies. But five engineering students would suddenly solve it? Come on.
I can’t question the guy’s experiences. He survived 9/11, enlisted in the Marines, and fought in Iraq. But if the investment banker-turned-Marine corporal is right, why is virtually all of the rest of the military opposed to the draft.
I’ll give him credit, though, because he seems to honestly believe a draft would help win the war. Most folks who want a draft so bad want it so that the anti-draft antiwar protests will finally get in gear like the good old days of Vietnam.