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    Sunday, November 19, 2006

    Draft = Salient

    What will wake our kids out of their slumber?

    TV Junkies, sex players, ego-centric, materialist, without history or
    purpose. That's them.

    For me the reality wake-up was the VietNam draft. It finallly made me add 2+2
    and realize my butt was on the line in something called the world.

    It does indeed seem we are going to need a lot more people in the armed
    forces. I think we tired the current ones out, and there are lots more follks
    out there to carry the current mission to.

    Perhaps, even if the draft can not get traction just yet, just the thought of
    leaving the bedroom and dance floor for something else may be the wakeup they

    Maybe even get them to church.


    WASHINGTON - Americans would have to sign up for a new military draft after turning 18 under a bill the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee says he will introduce next year.

    Rep. Charles Rangel D-N.Y., said Sunday he sees his idea as a way to deter politicians from launching wars.

    At a time when some lawmakers are urging the military to send more troops to Iraq, "I don't see how anyone can support the war and not support the draft," said Rangel, who also proposed a draft in January 2003, before the U.S. invasion of Iraq. "I think to do so is hypocritical."

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Standby Reserve, said he agreed that the U.S. does not have enough people in the military. Rangel, the next chairman of the House tax-writing committee, said he worried the military was being strained by its overseas commitments.

    "If we're going to challenge Iran and North Korea, and then, as some people have asked, to send more troops to Iraq, we can't do that without a draft," Rangel said.


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