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By: Jim Moore

The way the Bush administration is attacking one nation after another---on their way to global domination---the world wars are starting to pile up.

But wars, one after another, is not the administration's problem. Their problem is, we're running out of soldiers to fight these wars.

I mean, you can only suffer so many casualties, and then you have to supply more hot bodies. Or as the field commanders euphemistically call it, new blood.

And that is what the administration is about to do. Or haven't you heard?

The hard facts about re-activating the draft came to my attention via Adam Stutz, a reporter for Project Censored.

This is a media research group that tracks all the meaningful news in independent publications and reports stories that have been overlooked, under-reported, or self-censored by the nation's major news networks.   

The mission of Project Censored is to educate the public about the role of independent journalism in a democratic society, and give people the "News That Didn't Make the News."

This is news that qualifies, and the headline says it all: "U.S. Preparing for Military Draft in Spring 2005." The American public, of course, may not read about this until it actually happens. But there's no reason why you shouldn't be made privy to it earlier ---especially if you have boys or girls of "military" age.

So here it is.

The current agenda of the U.S. federal government, says the report, is to reinstate the draft in order to staff up for a protracted war on terrorism.  Twin bills (S 89 and HR 163) are already pending in the House and Senate. But here's the sneaky part:  the whole thing is timed so the draft can begin as early as Spring 2005, which, conveniently, would be just after the 2004 presidential election!

Other plans for the draft have also been kept low key, but we do know this: young people won't be able to use "higher education" as a shelter, it won't exclude women, and a quick getaway to Canada is no longer an option, thanks to the "Smart Border Declaration" which can be used to keep "draft-dodgers" IN.   (Apparently never discussed was using the same legal technique on our southern border to keep illegal aliens OUT.)

I don't know who is responsible for planning this fast shuffle on the American public, but if I ever run for office I know this, I'll want that slick sonofabitch on MY team.     

Additional soldiers are naturally going to cost the government more money. No problem. $28 million has already been added to the 2004 Selective Service System, and the report of activation must be on the president's desk by March 31, 2005

Places to register the new young, potential soldiers will also be needed, and that too is already a done deal. The Pentagon is planning to have 10,350 draft boards (you old soldiers remember those), and 11,070 appeals boards nationwide.

How, you may wonder, did this draft business suddenly get so imperative? You can thank Rumsted the Terrible for that. When he told Congress and military experts that we were in for a "long hard slog" in Iraq and Afghanistan (for starters), it quickly became evident that the U.S. was left with no option but to re-activate the draft.

Although the draft (conscription is a nicer word) was established in the Civil War, and used again in World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam conflict, the draft was finally abolished in 1973 in favor of an all-volunteer army. Which means we haven't needed to press our young men and woman into military service for over 30 years.

This has apparently made the war-hungry bunch in this administration a bit nervous---Oh my God, thirty years without a war!  How can that be? Sound the alarm! Pass the ammunition! Kill the terrorists!  Conquer the world! How do we do that? 

Aha! Re-activate the draft!

Just thought you would like to know what's being discussed these days in the men's room at the Pentagon.

"Published originally at EtherZone.com : republication allowed with this notice and hyperlink intact."

Jim Moore is a free-lance political writer and is a regular columnist for Ether Zone. His new "Flag Waver" CD is now available. A wonderful collection of patriotic essays complete with musical intros. The CD is $12.95 (includes shipping and handling) If you would like one, or as a gift, send check or M.O. to:

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Jim Moore can be reached at Jmoore1819@aol.com

Published in the February 24, 2004 issue of  Ether Zone.
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