06 Jul '12, 8pm

Retired #Army Gen. #StanleyMcChrystal says it's time to bring back the #militarydraft.

Retired Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal Courtesy of the Defense Department WASHINGTON — Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander of international forces in Afghanistan, said this week that the United States should bring back the draft if it ever goes to war again. "I think we ought to have a draft. I think if a nation goes to war, it shouldn't be solely be represented by a professional force, because it gets to be unrepresentative of the population," McChrystal said at a late-night event June 29 at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival. "I think if a nation goes to war, every town, every city needs to be at risk. You make that decision and everybody has skin in the game." He argued that the burdens of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan haven't been properly shared across the U.S. population, and emphasized that the U.S. military could train draftees so that there wouldn't b...

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  1. 07 Jul '12, 3pm

    Having spoken during the 2008 primaries of the existential threat to the U. S. presented by radical Islam, Romney most recently opined in a debate " a very few number of families are paying the price of freedom in America".

    It concerns me deeply that a man with not one, not two or three sons, but five sons of military age who chose not to serve the country during a time of urgent calling desires to be president. Five sons that, during the sustained engagements of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan chose not to serve on active duty or in in Reserves - not even in the National Guard. Five sons, not a one. Yet, while he is unable to call those gathered around his dinner table to service of their country, he aspires to lead as commander-in-chief those who do sacrifice.

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