June 02, 2004

The "Bush Draft"

Say goodbye to our all-volunteer Army, and hello to the "Bush Draft."

Faced with the need for far more troops in Afghanistan and Iraq than the civilian Pentagon leadership had anticipated, the U.S. Army has issued orders that will keep soldiers in the military for a longer period than they volunteered for.

The Army has implemented this de-facto draft because it has been "stretched" by the burdens of what Bush is now calling his "Greater Middle-East Initiative." In his commencement address today at the Air Force Academy, Bush hinted at what this new "initiative" might mean:

Overcoming terrorism and bringing greater freedom to the nations of the Middle East is the work of decades."
Decades? With initiatives like this, we'll need a draft--even if it's a draft by another name. Bush can't find enough willing volunteers for his new brand of imperialism, so he'll have to start relying on unwilling conscripts instead.

Posted by Carey at June 2, 2004 10:38 PM

I think the Bushies have thought of a way around this problem. The solution is increasing numbers of "non-citizen soldiers." Non-citizens who enlist for military service are being promised fast-track citizenship once their tour of duty is completed. There are untold numbers of impoverished Panamanians, Mexicans, Nicaraguans etc, who would happily take this gamble. American's will get their wars fought for them by an army of indentured servants, sparing nice middle class white folks the indignity of battle.

Posted by: Nick at June 3, 2004 11:31 AM

When I was in bootcamp, ~7 of my 60 man division were not American citizens.

Posted by: at June 4, 2004 07:56 PM

It may be a sign of our lukewarm enthusiasm for Bush's adventurism that so many of our enlisted troops are there for powerful reasons like the promise of citizenship, in addition to the desire to serve the country. The enthusiasm for joining up should decrease even futher as we start to realize that military invasions a la George W. don't have much to do with making the U.S. a safer place.

Pretty soon, even the Nicaraguans are going to have to be drafted...

Posted by: Carey at June 4, 2004 09:40 PM