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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

John Kerry raises draft fears

ABC News:

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, citing the war in Iraq and other trouble spots in the world, raised the possibility Wednesday that a military draft could be reinstated if voters re-elect President Bush. Kerry said he would not bring back the draft and questioned how fairly it was administered in the past. Answering a question about the draft that had been posed at a forum with voters, Kerry said: "If George Bush were to be re-elected, given the way he has gone about this war and given his avoidance of responsibility in North Korea and Iran and other places, is it possible? I can't tell you."
Now, anyone who knows anything about our military or political system knows that the chances of Bush or anyone reinstating the draft are pretty much nil. In fact, the only movement to instate a draft is being sponsored by Democrats, cheifly Charlie Rangel of NY and Jim McDermott of my own state (sad though I am to admit that). Simply put, this is a scare tactic and unbecoming of John Kerry. Update: More on draft scaremongering here


Blogger Justin said...

First off, it was John Edwards that said something about the draft, and he only mentioned it because someone asked if he would reinstate the draft, and he said that if Kerry was elected he would not reinstate the draft. But if you want to call answering a question from a concerned mother a fear tactic, by all means do so.

Also, if you want to talk fear tactics, talk about the blatant fear tactic by Cheney. I mean... what's worse? Answering a question directed towards you? Or saying, "The terrorists will attack us if Kerry is elected." I mean... if you're too blind to see FEAR TACTIC, on that and pretty much everything else the Bush campaign does... well... there isn't much else I can do. It's so obvious, you just have to see it for yourself.

9/22/2004 07:02:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Justus said...

I believe that Edwards has said something similar previously and Kerry has said it now. In any event, I was going from the news story I linked to. If I find out this report was mistaken, I will make a correction.

As to what Cheney said here is the complete version: "If we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we'll get hit again -- that we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States, and then we'll fall back into the pre-9/11 mindset, if you will, that in fact these terrorist attacks are just criminal acts and that we're not really at war. I think that would be a terrible mistake for us."

From this what I get that what he meant is if we make the wrong choice (choosing Kerry) AND if we get hit again (it is likely eventually we will with either Kerry or Bush) we will only deal with it as a criminal matter, not treat it like a war.

Cheney's phrasing was poor on this and he has apologized for it. Assuming you agree with my version of what he meant to say however, that is a legitimate arguement. Kerry certainly has not specifically said that but many of his statements do seem to imply that he favors a more law enforcement style approach.

Some people think that approach is the correct one. Bush, Cheney, and I all disagree.

9/22/2004 08:58:00 PM  

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