The relations which exist between the social and political condition of a people and the genius of its authors are always numerous; whoever knows the one, is never completely ignorant of the other. - Alexis de Tocqueville
Friday, February 27, 2004
We knew this was coming
I remember when Pres. Carter began mandatory sign-up for the draft back in 1980. This latest news on mandatory service (think Israel) was inevitable, given the abstract, neverending war on terror.
$28 million has been added to the 2004 Selective Service System (SSS) budget to prepare for a military draft that could start as early as June 15, 2005. SSS must report to Bush on March 31, 2005 that the system, which has lain dormant for decades, is ready for activation. Please see website to view the SSS Annual Performance Plan - Fiscal Year 2004.
The Pentagon has quietly begun a public campaign to fill all 10,350 draft board positions and 11,070 appeals board slots nationwide.. Though this is an unpopular election year topic, military experts and influential members of Congress are suggesting that if Rumsfeld's prediction of a "long, hard slog" in Iraq and Afghanistan [and a permanent state of war on "terrorism"] proves accurate, the U.S. may have no choice but to draft.
I'm usually two to three days ahead of the news since I began reading blogs. Some are so excellent I sit at my computer in awe and simply ingest the information like I was taking it intravenously.
Ah, context. That's it. Drip. Drip. Drip.
Most of the time, I just scream at the computer. "Why the hell haven't I heard about this? I fucking read. How is Joe Sixpack supposed to know any of this?" Jeesus, by the time it gets to print, the info has been reduced to formulaic garbage and then it gets regurgitated back to me by some headline reader who wants to impress me at the bar. Ugh!