Saturday, August 31, 2013

Rangel reiterates his call to resume military draft as a talking point on Syria

Well, the military draft, or the idea of reviving it, has been mentioned again, this time in connection with the president’s desire to intervene by air (but not on the ground) in Syria, to punish Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people.

Charles Rangel (D-NY) said he would vote no.  As after 9/11, he said that the US should intervene militarily only with a declaration of war.  Once there was one, all citizens should be prepared to share loss and sacrifice, including resuming the military draft, he said on CNN today.
  
Rangel had introduced a bill (HR 747) to reinstate the draft, and include women, in Feb. 2013.  The govtrack link is (websit url) here  . Rangel’s own page is here. The bill would allow civilian national service in lieu of military service, but require women, like men, to register for Selective Serivce.
  
Daniel Gallington had argued for resuming the draft in March 2013 on US News, here and he seems comfortable talking about who should get the casualties.
  

In 1981, the Supreme Court had ruled that a male-only draft was constitutional.  

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