Draft nonsense

WASHINGTON — Frequent tours for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have stressed the all-volunteer force and made it worth considering a return to a military draft, President Bush's new war adviser said Friday.

"I think it makes sense to certainly consider it," Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute said in an interview with National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

"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," Lute added . . . .

If you are having troubles getting enough people in the military, there is a simple solution: increase pay. The notion that you can save money by reinstituting the draft is simply an illusion. True the government doesn't have to spend more, but it is a big tax on many of those who would have been able to earn a lot of money outside of the military. When you include the value of that foregone output, the cost of the draft is much higher than simply paying people more to join. It is pretty obvious that this guy hasn't had even basic economics.



Blogger John said...

John, I think that the draft is a good idea not because it is not possible to enlist enough people by raising the pay. It is possible if you could get the congress to support the additional funding. I think that when you have a draft the country at large is involved in any war not just the army.

My problem with Iraq is not that we are there so much as that we are by the army’s about 400,000 men short if we are going to control the country and at least 1,000,000 more short if we want to do anything about Iran.


8/12/2007 10:00 AM  

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