Wednesday, December 16, 2015

At least two candidates questioned about military draft in GOP debates last night


Last night, in Las Vegas, two of the lower-tier candidates, Sen. Linsey Graham (R-SC) and former New York State Governor George Pataki, were asked if they would support a return to military conscription as a result of the “war” on terror.  Both said “No”, but Pataki encouraged the return of the GI bill, to pay for college for returning servicemembers and pointed out that less than 1% of the population was bearing the personal risk of military service.  
Recently I have asked if it was necessary to keep Selective Service Registration in place. You could obviously extend the debate to national service. 
  
Trump, remember, had "gotten out of it" but as I recall he got a favorable lottery number eventually.
    
There was also discussion in both debates of “collateral damage” and “carpet bombing”.  Some candidates seemed to believe that the threat of civilian casualties would encourage them to leave – well, they already do (stupid!) that’s the refugee crisis in Europe.
  
The concept is nasty.  It makes one person’s life and purpose a bargaining chip for someone else.  Ben Carson’s analogy to cutting out a brain tumor was rather tasteless.

Graham did note that there is a conceptual difference between Islam as a religion (which is constitutionally protected within the US) and as a political or legal system (which is not). 

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