Thursday, September 23, 2004

According to ABC News, Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry is warning the public that if President Bush is re-elected, the military draft may be reinstated.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Sept. 22, 2004 - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, citing the war in Iraq and other trouble spots in the world, raised the possibility Wednesday that a military draft could be reinstated if voters re-elect President Bush.
Kerry said he would not bring back the draft and questioned how fairly it was administered in the past.

Answering a question about the draft that had been posed at a forum with voters, Kerry said: "If George Bush were to be re-elected, given the way he has gone about this war and given his avoidance of responsibility in North Korea and Iran and other places, is it possible? I can't tell you."

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other Pentagon officials have been asked numerous times whether they thought a draft would be necessary to maintain force levels in Iraq. They have said consistently that they think it is neither necessary nor desirable, since today's military is built on volunteer service and professionalism.

What the ABC article fails to mention, is that the only vocal proponent for a return to the draft is a Democrat; Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY). This is nothing more than a shameless attempt to mobilize the youth vote against Bush by scaring young voters into believing that the day after a Bush re-election, they'll likely be shipped off to Iraq or Afghanistan. ABC is playing right into that strategy by leaving out some very important details. What they are reporting is the truth, just not the whole truth. Typical.

You can read the whole ABC News article (but NOT the whole story) here.

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