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11-08-2007, 07:25 PM
Sen. Hagel says U.S. draft may be unavoidable

LINCOLN Sen. Chuck Hagel, speaking to an audience of Lincoln High School students, warned Tuesday that the nation may need to turn to compulsory military service "or some kind of draft" to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.)
Questioned after his speech, Hagel, R-Neb., said he is not calling for reinstatement of the military draft.

But he said the growing difficulty of maintaining an adequate volunteer military force is "a reality."

"I'm just stating the obvious. At some point we're going to have to make a decision on how to attract a quality force," he said.

Hagel, a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, spoke to more than 120 government and history students as part of a project to have veterans speak to students about their experiences.

The U.S. military draft ended in 1973, part of the bitter reaction to the Vietnam War.

Hagel told the Lincoln students that the burdens of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are being carried by too small a share of the nation's population.

"We have more than 300 million people in this country, but less than 1 percent of our population has to bear all of the burden, to make all of the sacrifices, to do all the fighting and all the dying for the rest of us," he said.

"There are people serving in Iraq for the third time, in Afghanistan for the third time. They're ruining their families, suffering post-traumatic stress disorder and significant injuries. They're not going to bear that burden any longer," he said.

Hagel, who has been a prominent critic of President Bush's Iraq policies, said the nation must make a "difficult assessment" on whether to return to some kind of draft or other form of compulsory national service.

Students listened quietly and said little during Hagel's speech. At the end, Hagel took a handful of pre-selected questions that students had composed on Monday with the aid of their teachers.

Social studies teacher Bill Zuspan said he and his students have discussed the possibility of a draft in the past, and he knows how they will react to Hagel's comments.

"They don't like the idea," he said.

Hagel said he is "well aware" of the sacrifices Lincoln High School has made in the Iraq war. Two graduates, Army 1st Lt. Garrison Avery, 23, and Marine Lance Cpl. Mike Scholl, 21, have died in Iraq.

He urged students to seek solutions besides war to the world's problems.

"Terrorism, extremism, biological weapons, chemical weapons, nuclear weapons those are a threat to all mankind, not just Christians and not just Americans," he said.

"War is nothing noble or good; it's all about brutality and suffering, and that should frighten you and intimidate you into doing what's right, to prevent going to war."


Pretty stupid thing to do, when a majority of the nation opposes this war. Afghanistan is another reason and we wouldn't need a draft if we pulled from Iraq. They shouldn't force us to do this though, because of their lack of smart military planning. Their plans were not clearly outlined enough and still are not clearly outlined to keep up with this war. Top military advisories are saying we need to pull or do a complete change of planes. Many have compared this to Vietnam and if you look at what is happening now, you can see it very close. With Bush wanting to go at Iran is very much like Nixon attacking another country while in Vietnam. So similar. I think us working with the Middle East and giving them some stuff in return of them getting rid of the terrorist groups could help a long way. It's just that area is so messed up, the UN doesn't even know what to do with them.

11-08-2007, 09:49 PM
First off.. Something needs to be done with Iran. I would be behind (and most of the world would be too) a pre-emtive strike on their uranium enriching facilities. And a little FYI, If we don't do it first - Israel will do it and be far less effective. I saw a show on the history channel saying that both the USA and Israel have "secret" plans of attack against their nuclear & military facilities. If that happens, we'll still get involved but if the latter happens, Iran's defense network will still be in place when we invade/attack.

11-09-2007, 12:12 AM
Yeah history channel got that from an article I actually posted here a few months ago. They have plans and do drills preparing for it. The US is actually trying to get Israel to pull the first strike to give the US an excuse to invade Iran. Iran does need to be stopped, but it still doesn't stop the fact that we don't need to be in Iraq also. It's very much like Vietnam, the Iraq war. If Bush wants to attack Iran, send the troops in Iraq there and pull from Iraq.