I think the richs will allways have more resources to avoid the draft: traveling abroad, bribes, lawsuits.
Sadly, you may well be right. However, that does not mean we should give in to the plutocracy. If they did still manage to avoid the Draft, the record of it should be readily available to all who are interested (should they choose to run for public office, for example; that’s not much, but it’s better than nothing ). It may never come to pass, but we should still try.
About the ban of deferments, I think that it could conspire against the production of college professionals, and a growing economy will allways need them.
I recommend merely a two year commitment, after which they are free to pursue their academic interests. “Rubbing elbows” with a cross section of Americans may broaden their view of the world and make their subsequent time in college more valuable. In addition, I could see deferments for people who went to college to become teachers and served out their commitment after graduation in our public schools.
About Iraq, I think it is a tough issue: it should never have happened, but I am not ready to swear that the situation would improve if the US forces left irak now.
I couldn’t agree with you more. The problem is that we went into a country, destroyed their government and created a power vacuum. We have a responsibility to clean up the mess we created. But if we are to stay there until a “GW Bush victory” is achieved, we will be there for another 100 years (or longer). Rather, we should convene meetings through the U.N. with the Iraqi’s and ALL their neighbors in the region (whether we like them or not) to determine a path to peace. Then, we pull out not only our military, but completely remove our presence from the region. This is a process that cannot take place with the current regime in the US.
And while I’m on my soapbox, we will be able to completely pull out of the Middle East once we are no longer dependent on foreign oil. See: Apollo Project
Yes, I am a dreamer.