Center on Conscience & War: URGENT: Draft Card on the Table

[URGENT ACTION ALERT] The Draft Card is on the Table
The Draft Card is on the Table-
But No One Looks Like They are Going to Pick it up!
On Friday, Aug 10, Michelle Norris of NPR’s All Things Considered pressed
 "War Czar" Lt. General Douglas Lute about whether or not he foresaw a
return to
 the draft.  He responded, "I think it makes sense to certainly consider it,
 and I can tell you, this has always been an option on the table, but
 ultimately, this is a policy matter between meeting the demands for the
nation’s
 security by one means or another."
This has resulted in a flurry of discussion about the draft in some circles,
 reporters pressing the issue in press conferences (such as August 14,
2007’s
 National Press Club meeting with Gen. George L. Casey), and many calls to
 Selective Service and the Center, and has evoked responses from at least 2
 presidential candidates. (Edwards and Clinton).
CCW has monitored draft issues for decades, and we have always warned that
 the government has retained the possibility of resuming a draft if it felt
it
 was necessary because of military shortfalls. And with the current wars and
 shortfalls, we have urged our supporters to be prepared for the possibility
 even though we didn’t see any evidence of an imminent draft- and we
continue to
 encourage people to be ready, just in case.
The fact that such a statement was made by such a highly placed official in
 an administration that has always said publicly that a draft was bad policy
 and unnecessary is cause for some concern. Was the administration floating
a
 trial balloon, to see how the public would react to a draft as some have
 suggested?
We have carefully investigated this matter, and as of this writing we see no
 evidence that the administration is gearing up for a draft.  In fact,
 Selective Service officials have told us that they have not been told to
gear up for
 such a scenario.  On Friday the Associated Press quoted National Security
 Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe saying, "The president’s position is that
the
 all-volunteer military meets the needs of the country and there is no
 discussion of a draft. Gen. Lute made that point as well."
And he did.  In the same interview he went on to say, "Today, the current
 means of the all-volunteer force is serving us exceptionally well. It would
be a
 major policy shift – not actually a military, but a political policy shift
 to move to some other course."
So the evidence suggests that this is not a trial balloon moving towards a
 draft.  However, our advice to be ready just in case still stands.
Although there is no immediate evidence that the draft is returning, now is
a
 good time to make sure that your representatives in Congress hear from you:
  A draft is unacceptable!
With increase pressure on meeting recruitment goals, the discussions of a
 possible invasion of Iran, the possibility of the return of the draft
remains.
You can locate your Congressional members online at:
and
http:/www.senate.gov/  
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