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Posted: 12/31/2002 12:10:48 PM EDT
NEW YORK (Dec. 31) - Rep. Charles Rangel, a veteran of the Korean War, says he plans to introduce legislation to resume the military draft in the event of a war against Iraq.

In an opinion piece published in Tuesday's editions of The New York Times, the Democrat from New York said he would ask Congress next week to support his proposal.

Rangel said the prospect of a draft would make Congress less likely to support a war.

``I believe that if those calling for war knew their children were more likely to be required to serve - and to be placed in harm's way - there would be more caution and a greater willingness to work with the international community in dealing with Iraq,'' Rangel wrote.

Military service should be a ``shared sacrifice'' asked of all able young Americans, he said, noting that minorities make up a ``disproportionate number'' of enlisted members of the military.

``Service in our nation's armed forces is no longer a common experience,'' said Rangel, who voted against the congressional resolution authorizing President Bush to use force against Iraq.

Rangel said his legislation would require ``alternative national service'' for people who are physically unable to serve and for those who refuse to serve for ``reasons of conscience.''

President Bush has said he doesn't intend to revive the draft, which ended in 1973.
Link Posted: 12/31/2002 12:20:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/31/2002 12:24:44 PM EDT
I think this article is a copy and paste from AOL...
Link Posted: 12/31/2002 3:26:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/31/2002 3:27:18 PM EDT by wetidlerjr]
It is "reinstating" not "reenstating."

Courtesy of the Spell Nazi.

Link Posted: 12/31/2002 3:29:57 PM EDT
I didn't catch the thread last night but don't you love that every reason he cited is for POLITICAL reasons?
Link Posted: 12/31/2002 3:32:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/31/2002 3:33:00 PM EDT by Graffiti]
I'm turning 30 soon.  Am I too old for draft?  And I ain't talking about beer. [:D]
Link Posted: 1/1/2003 4:04:55 PM EDT
Sorry for my poor spelling, and lack of being mainland for the other thread(yes, navy)....and yes it is cut and paste from aol.  Just didn't know if anyone got the info, so I threw it out there.  Next time I'll just email it to someone with a higher post count to keep from getting joked on.

Link Posted: 1/1/2003 4:13:35 PM EDT
I don't opposse it
Link Posted: 1/1/2003 4:22:12 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/1/2003 4:25:40 PM EDT
well Im 20, thanks to them Dems I'll be getting my ass shot at soon.

But when I come back they will be happy to confincate the guns I own and my car as thanks.
Link Posted: 1/1/2003 4:34:45 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:

Don't take it negatively - its all in good fun.  
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I didn't take it negatively...my frustration just rose while waiting on this POS gov't comp to load.  And as far as the spelling thing...I'm enlisted, I didn't go to college [:D]
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