I’ve talked in posts past about the benefit a draft would have on the American character. I think it would be good for young people to get two years of strong discipline, and I think it would be good for race relations in this country to have all young people tossed into the same military pot. Without exception, military readers of this blog, while perfectly willing to agree that it would be good for young Americans, have been horrified at the thought of diluting the military with people who don’t want to be there. They are fiercely opposed to the draft, believing that the best military is one made up of people committed to military life and the military ethos.
I’m therefore completely bewildered to learn, after a vacation news blackout of a couple of days, that at least one highly placed military official is tossing around the “D” word. I can’t think of anyone, in the military or out of it, who thinks it’s a good idea.