Draft in War!.

India
December 19, 2006 1:00pm CST
The U.S. might consider having a draft for the War in Iraq to recruit new soldiers and force them to serve in the military. So far, over 2,000 Americans have died from the war and the number of deaths keep increasing every month. Do you think the U.S. should have the draft or look to another option to deal with the war. If you think that they should look to another option, what do you think is that option?
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@srhelmer (6947)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
19 Dec 06
I think, after Iraq is over, the United States Government will realize 2 facts that have been obvious for years. 1. Our military is large enough and our weapons are sosphisticated enough to beat any nation in full scale combat (like World War II, First Iraq War). 2. Most recent conflicts and probably future conflicts involve smaller battles in urban areas and require identifying an enemy when they aren't wearing an uniform to separate themselves from the civilians. Our military is not trained for this and hasn't been even though this has been an issue since the end of World War II (the reason we dropped nuclear weapons on Japan was to prevent combat like this and it's also the reason we lost in Vietnam). The short term solution is sending more soldiers to Iraq in order to create enough stability there where we can hand the security over to its own government. I don't think that will involve a draft, but you'll probably see more sailors and Airforce personnel being trained for duties currently being handled by the Army. I think, short term, we are also going to have to swallow our pride and work out an agreement with Iraq's neighbors to help aid that stability. The long term plan, or at least what I hope it will be, will be realizing that the majority of future conflicts will be similar to what we are facing in Iraq and restructuring and modernizing the military so it's capable of winning smaller battles in urban settings.
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@forfein (2508)
20 Dec 06
What an excellent response! You have a big + for this one!! Totally agreed. Urban warfare is so difficult! The British Army was involved with Urban Conflict for YEARS in Northern Ireland. You CANNOT win a war of this type!! Armies are for fighting huge conflicts as you so rightly point out!. And the sophisticated weapons that the US and UK military now have, will mean that in any future GLOBAL conflict, will be short, again as your rightly point out! The problem is Iran and Syria!! The war in Iraq is now getting close to being a Civil War, and it is time that "our Boys" came home, and let the rival "tribes" sort it out!
@urvaksh (189)
• India
20 Dec 06
As much as iam against the US war on iraq, i think it would be the biggest blunder the US would make if they withdrew from iraq in the rescent future. we all know how superior te US military is . mayebe thats the reason why they have survived for so long. the US army not trained in urban guerilla war fare is not a justifiable answer for them to leave iraq. the US started the mess, they have to stay till the end and clean it up.leaving iraq right now into the hands of immature and power hungry biggits would not only spell doom for iraq , but would boost irans power in the region. heres the argument, whilse the US troops are in iraq, there is atleast some military presence which is intimiditating neighbouring iran. with ther US Military still in iraq , iran would dare not infiltrate and use the fragile state of iraq to their advantage,. lets face the facts , americans are hated number one in that region, apart from the shia sunni interrivalry. hypothetically if the americans leave iraq, iran would take advantage of the anarchy in iraq, and establish their own pupet government, thus shifting the scales of power in irans favour . unfortunately forthe US they gotta stay till the situation calms down , from the looks of it still gonna be some time till the poor marines are gonna be sent home.
@Sir_bobby88 (8244)
• Singapore
20 Dec 06
I think every citizens of americans should serve the army and protect us
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@funnysis (2619)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I no your intention is good on that comment but what is the military protecting us from is there prove of anything relating back to iraq besides a bunch of lies on 9-11 did anyone notice if a plane hit the pentagone where are the wings where is the fushiloge you don't see them in any of the pictures and did anyone see that it was an iraqician that was flying the plane,I don't bush has lied repeatdedly on this,when do people realize that america is its own worse enemy.
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@funnysis (2619)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I beleive they do not need a draft put in place they need to replace the president,he lied to start the war has already called it over and yet still say we must win what do we win all that is happening is iraq is dictating to our president that we can't leave everything is to obvious how crafty they found sadam huesane after president bush went over for thanksgiving and that they just happen to move a rug and find him with american food.thats not right bush is just trying to justify what his dad didn't get done and making us an involvement in crisis where maybe we should not be.
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@moneymind (10521)
• Philippines
20 Dec 06
i think u.s. should have the draft since u.s. is going on it alone over at iraq. only if the u.s. leadeship will have some sort of bargaining with the u.n. body to lend a hand over at iraq then i think this draft would not be needed since countries like germany and france could greatly contribute with this situation. but with current stand of the u.s. government of doing it alone, then they needed a war draft of thier citizen to fill up the necessary number of army. greetings. : )
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@loopie (123)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I think a draft is a majorly bad idea, I think the US should just withdraw from Iraq entirely. They don't want us there its quite obvious, and we have no business trying to tell another country how to live their life.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I think the first option would be to request those that have already served to re-enter. They would not have to go through all the training a new recruit would and asking for those to volunteer where the job fields are needed would be less aggresive than a draft. And...I was in the Air Force. And I would go back if they asked!
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@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
19 Dec 06
There isn't going to be a draft. That was a bill proposed by some stupid democrat senator that is trying to make a publicity stunt out of it. There is no chance it will pass and its just like a sarcastic jab. There will be no draft, don't worry.
@funnysis (2619)
• United States
20 Dec 06
A little correction it was a republican that wanted to inforce another draft it was a democrat that brought up impeaching the president.
@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
20 Dec 06
You are incorrect, it was a democrat.
@abaskamal (149)
• Malaysia
20 Dec 06
It's not a world war. Having a draft could be unnecessary. Does the American people want another Vietnam War era? The US president should be changed a.s.a.p.
• India
20 Dec 06
I think you are right.. bush should be changed ASAP
• United States
20 Dec 06
ohh i gots this one!! sure send a draft over! But not what you think! I thought of this the other day and ill say it again..Get all the killers,molesters,abusers,all of em out of prison and send there bums over there!! who need them? there just in theer takin our taxes..why not put them to use?and i sure will not miss a child molster or a rapist, or murderer,what about you? Quit sendoing out good guys over..and gettin them killed..send over our trash.!
• United States
20 Dec 06
I can't believe I'm saying this but that's not too bad of an idea. You want out of jail? You're going to Iraq. Good luck! Honestly? It makes me want to vomit every time I have to hear about more and more boys (yes they are boys to me since I am older than most casualties I see on the news) are dying over there and for what. All those crazy people want to do is kill themselves and each other. Get their military up to speed, pull our troops out and send them home. I like the fact Saddam Hussein is out of power now, but we're not going to change a thing in Iraq - they have to change it for themselves. Get us out soon. There will be no draft. But, just to be safe, I'm hiding my big and strong 17 year old brother in a hole until I know for sure. :D
• Indonesia
20 Dec 06
That non an option but rather at an enforcing. And what is they look for from a[n ill defined war of target manifestly. Practically them dying in war [in] iraq will be recalled to continue as warrior? Or will only become a victim from a political importance which volunteer sacrifice its resident. Concerning draft of from this war of U.S. is practicing on colonization of new look, hidden at the opposite of public interest create world peace.
• India
20 Dec 06
Thanks for your responce!!!
@pclloh (249)
• Brazil
20 Dec 06
now that he began a war , he has to end this fu*king war
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
20 Dec 06
yeah, but it's time to end it already!
@Redzion13 (196)
• Canada
20 Dec 06
Next year (when I turn 16) I'm going to join the Canadian Forces Reserve. For thoughs of you who don't know the Reserve is as you may have guessed for reserved soldiers. I will still be on duty but in my home town. And when they finally decide to send me somewhere that is where I am going to go.
@funnysis (2619)
• United States
20 Dec 06
You are young do you think that you have the right to take an innocent live just because you want to protect your country if your country was in no harm.I think you should think about this a little harder killing someone in cold blood is wrong and it is even worse when that person could be a child,so think about it hard .
• United States
19 Dec 06
I have only heard this discussion on forums such as this, not in any print media, or official releases for Washington. To answer your question, I believe the draft would be the best way to end the craziness in Iraq. Flood the place with US Military. A large force of an additional two hundred thousand would send the extremist runnign back across the borders into Syria and Iran. We could lock that country down for a year, giving Iraq time to build its Army and police forces. Then do a gradual pull out. If the violence starts again, build the level back up quickly and snuff them out. Even under the best circumstances, build up or no build up, we won't be completely out of there for at least ten years, maybe longer.
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
20 Dec 06
no way, we've already had too much losses to cope with the loss of the one's who weren't expected to go! i think we need to impeach bush already, and find a pres. to get this over with and send our troops home!
• United States
20 Dec 06
They're not going to bring back the draft.
• United States
20 Dec 06
IMHO .. we need to get out of Iraq. I don't think the draft is necessary and I think people doing jail or prison time should fill our military ranks instead of taking up the tax payers money. But who am I to think. My opinions are my own. These are my feet and I'll put them where I want.
• United States
20 Dec 06
I dont think that is going tobecome an option i think that this is somewhat a wasted point war iknow it is not thesoldiers faught i respect them for what they are doing fighting for the country and theyare just listining to the president and doing there job and all but i do not believe that this is going to happen and they need to end and all.it is just getting worse and people are missing their familys and all.
• United States
20 Dec 06
Forgive my memory lapse, but this was presented as a possible solution to several problems in the USA. The lapse is I can not for the life of me rememeber which Congressman is promoting it. The draft is actually in effect, but dormant at this time. The proposal is not to increase the number of personel available to ship to Iraq, but to have both male and female citizens 18 and over and under 45 (45 may be wrong, might be 42) register for the draft and to serve in some capacity for a period of two years. This service could be time in the Peace Corps, or other public service arena or in the Armed Forces. This would not be the draft of the late 60's and early 70's. This would be a call to aid our own and other countries in whatever capacity we are able. Education opportunities would be made available and benefits such as the GI Bill would be open to all who are fit to participate. Today the experience gained while serving this country counts when one enters the job market. This was not so 30+ years ago. There are both pros and cons to this proposal. Iraq just happens to be an event that is ongoing while this proposal is being opened, not the catalyst for it
• United States
20 Dec 06
I don't think a draft would be the best course of action for our military at this point. This war has a lot of controversy and so did our time in Vietnam. A draft was issued in Vietnam and lots of people left the country or did other things to get around it. I feel that looking at how people view our time in Iraq, even though we have accomplished a lot, people would not respond favorably to a draft. Look at our recent election and the reasons why most Americans voted for a different party to head our congress. I feel that a draft would only fuel the fire that is against this war.
@manu224 (1143)
• Italy
20 Dec 06
Whichever war is mistaken, unfortunately the wars is made because all want power and money, the ideal would be to resolve the problems with the diplomacy, but this in some cases is impossible to use and then Bush must make to work also who produces crews...
• United States
20 Dec 06
I can't believe that history is repeating itself since Vietnam...i do not support the draft...why should more of our brothers sisters husbands and wives have to die for colonialism...and government interests...that are putting us more in debt and hurting the American spirit as we are losing our loved ones and future leaders of America.