Draft women?

October 13, 2008 12:45pm CST
Senators Obama and McCain both oppose instituting the draft. However, Obama wants women to register for selective service. McCAin does not. What do you think?
4 responses
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
13 Oct 08
what's good for the goose.......
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@newtondak (3949)
• United States
13 Oct 08
I have yet to figure out why, if no one intends to implement the draft, it is necessary for anyone to register for selective service, male or female.
@spalladino (17921)
• United States
13 Oct 08
For the same reason it's been necessary since the draft ended...and was then reinstated in 1980 by Jimmy Carter after the Soviets invaded Afghanistan...in order to be prepared for a sudden need for troops in response to a crisis.
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@newtondak (3949)
• United States
13 Oct 08
Implementing the draft does not provide immediate troops in the event of a crisis - the Reserves and the National Guard serve that purpose. From the moment that those registered would be called up until they would be ready to go into battle would be no less than six to eight weeks, at the minimum. In the past when the draft was used, they took all men of eligible age (with a few exceptions for marriage, college attendance, # of dependents, and # of other family members currently serving) who were physically able to serve - regardless of education and regardless of a history of criminal convictions. In the 60's and 70's, when young men got in trouble with the law, they received a sentence of mandatory military service. Our military has advanced much since that time with the realization that the military is not the place for those with criminal backgrounds. Modern military technology and equipment makes it necessary for those serving to have a certain degree of intelligence and education. While all men have to register for selective service, if a crisis were to arise, those who are wealthy or influential will be excluded from service for various reasons, as they have been in the past, and those called will be from families who don't have friends in high places. I would support a draft ONLY if it were needed to protect our home soil, and not to fight the various political wars elsewhere.
@goldeneagle (6774)
• United States
13 Oct 08
I think this is just one more piece of the puzzle that shows how much of an idiot Obama really is. I will never know how he got this far in this election.
@newtondak (3949)
• United States
13 Oct 08
I hope he realizes that means his daughters will be required to register - of course, in the past, the rich and famous were able to get their children out of serving.
@iriscot (1290)
• United States
13 Oct 08
If anyone has been watching the reports that are released by the Pentagon concerning how many of our soldiers are being killed in the middle east they will notice that the majority are non-commissioned officers. Everyone should know that these non-coms are the leaders when it comes to wartime. It seems that 75% or so of those KIA are non-coms. If things continue in Iraq, as McCain has stated in the past, it will be necessary that the government will have to re-instate the draft. The army that we have today are just about worn down and the non-com leaders are being killed or maimed like "cannon fodder". Who will be able to step up and take the lead? I know a little bit about what I am talking about, I spent 6 years in the service before and during the Korean War. I care very much about the young men and women who are being killed or wounded in this useless war that Bush and Cheney got us into. I have a nurse at the cancer center that I go to that has two young sons, one has just returned from his second tour in Iraq and the other one has just gone back for his second tour. She worries constantly about her two boys and they tell her that she best not listen to all of the good things that she hears that are happening over there. The only places that they film with the leaders and respresentatives of our country are the safe places. They need to go on night patrols with the troops to get the real lowdown. I have two grandsons who are 10 years old, If McCain has his way they will be serving in Iraq 9 or 10 years from now, because they will be of draft age. How many times have you stopped what you are doing and spent a few moments thinking about out troops over there. We who aren't there just go on about our daily lives while those over there are being killed and wounded as each hour goes by. It's time to get out the mess that will go down in history as "Bush's War", the one that we were tricked into getting into. It's a proven fact that Bush and his co-harts lied and spread all kinds of propaganda so he could attack Iraq. I remember when he stood on that carrier deck several years ago and declared that the war was over and we won.