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Does Anyone Else Feel A Draft?

Tip to blog pal Gordon at The Alternate Brain for alerting me to this beyond convincing essay by Michael Schwartz at TomDispatch.com, Letting In The Draft? The very fact that a Selective Service System (SSS) has been quietly erected (with Bush notified a draft can be implemented in 75 days), makes me even feel snookered and uninformed.

As I commented on Gordon's post, on Nov. 3rd, I was more pissed off at a duplicit American electorate rather than the Republicans and the boys at RoveVision who played them for suckers. And still, it's not enough that a majority of Americans now realize they were 'deliberately misled' by Bush about WMDs' in Iraq.

This is a perfect example of how the American public continues to be fed the authorized 'message' of the Pentagon and Bush White House by a majority of a cowering, compromised MSM (Murdoch Seduced Media). The Defense Department no longer includes U.S. causalities it considers 'non-hostile' in its official total. While causalities among Iraqi Security Forces are now more a mystery and less of a concern, in stark contrast to keeping the actual number that are battle-ready a secret, seems to be of the highest priority.

Soon, many Americans may know exactly what is meant by the 'ultimate sacrifice'. Proving that, putting a 'Support The Troops' ribbon on your Ford Escalation SUV will not absolve you from complicity in the needless deaths and injuries of thousands of Coalition troops, and many more innocent Iraqis.

Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin once observed that the institution of the draft is what finally turned the tide of opposition against the Vietnam War in America, as the 'privileged class' became acutely aware of the sacrifices already made by Blacks, the poor and working class Whites, in a deteriorating conflict they previously justified.

It is open to debate, as to whether the 'fool me twice, shame on me' rule should be invoked here, given the enormity, complexity and nation-altering effects of 9/11, as an overriding factor. Learning the valuable lesson and acting accordingly in response to such a devastating tragedy would've made us 'wise fools', at the very least.

However, allowing the Bush administration to use 9/11 to manipulate us into an unjust war with already long-term, dire consequences, suggests an act far worse than mere foolishness.

Posted by Bert M. Caradine at May 7, 2005 2:56 AM