Re: “Concern grows that no-draft society creating warrior class” (TNT, 1-4).
These articles missed what may be the biggest issue in the debate: When and why do we go to war, and why is the draft relevant?
As one who lived through the Vietnam-era protests over an ill-defined mission in Asia, it is clear that without the draft protests the Vietnam War would have dragged on for years more.
At the time of 9/11, when President George W. Bush was asked what the average citizen should do, he responded by saying we should go shopping. And when Secretary of State Colin Powell made his totally unconvincing presentation to the United Nations regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, we knew he didn’t believe the words he was uttering.
But the worst travesty has been the complacency of the average American citizen to believe all we have to do is write a check. The intent of ending the draft, by design, was to get the average citizen out of the decision process.
We are at the point where we should reinstate the draft so that members of Congress and the president don’t casually destroy another generation of young, brave warriors. We cannot leave the decision to go to war in the hands of the president and Congress, both of which are driven by military and industrial lobbyists who profit hugely from any war.