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In an exchange sure to send ripples of anxiety through the all-volunteer military, the Senate’s senior defense spending member asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen if it is time to “consider reinstituting the draft.”
Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), chairman of the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee, asked Gates and Mullen the question he said no one wants to ask: “Is the cost of maintaining an all-volunteer force becoming unsustainable and, secondly, do we need to consider reinstituting the draft.”
Inouye cited the ever-increasing pay and benefits paid to active and reserve service members, noting that it now costs an estimated $126,000 per service member.
This marks the first time a senior member of Congress has seriously discussed reinstituting the draft in almost two years. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, called for reinstituting the draft in November 2006.
Tuesday’s discussion occurred during debate over the pending $70 billion emergency supplemental spending bill. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that the bill was unlikely to move before Labor Day, requiring a one month extension of war spending.
Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
The greed-mongers are painting the little people into a corner.
Originally posted by yankeerose
They can draft all the college aged republicans they want. Let them see the effects of war firsthand. Then they can draft all the college aged kids of the politicians who have supported getting into an unjust war with another nation... let their kids go a fight for mom or dad's ideals. They could also draft the kids of the war profiteers and stockholders... that would be fine with me. Let them put their children's lives at risk... they want war so bad... send their own kids. And they can be the ground force troops, up close and personal. Not officers, pilots, cushy stateside desk jobs... right out there where they are sending our children.
Originally posted by jerico65
reply to post by DimensionalDetective
I think mandatory service is a good idea. Either the military or some sort of community service if you don't want to be in the military. Better than bobbing for French Fries at Mickey D's.