Friday, October 29, 2004

Tom Harkin: Disgusting Demagogue for Kerry

Powerline has a post that links to a column written be Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa. The column is written in a student newspaper at the University on Minnesota. The name of the article? Why Bush Will Restart the Draft if Elected

Of all of the low brow demagoguery teh Democrats have engaged in this election, the threatening of a potential draft under President Bush is the most despicable. To say it is a lie understates the venal nature of what the Democrats are doing. There was one draft bill submitted to Congress, it was drafted and submitted by two Democrats. The draft runor started as an internet rumor, then the Kerry Campaign, believing they couldscore points with it, picked it up and have repeated it time and time again. An excerpt from Harkins disgraceful article:

President George W. Bush may or may not have a secret plan to reinstate the draft. But this is besides the point. The deteriorating facts on the ground in Iraq, plus the Bush doctrine of acting pre-emptively and unilaterally against hostile regimes, will soon leave him no choice. If Bush is re-elected, he will have to restart the draft.

Indeed, Bush has already imposed stage one of a new draft. Many soldiers whose enlistment period is up are not being allowed to leave the service, and those who left the service years ago are being forced to put on the uniform again against their wills. It is clear that we already have a back-door draft. Bush has effectively ended the all-volunteer military.

And stage two of a reinstated draft would be easy to implement. Draft boards are already in place in every county in the United States, and young men who turn 18 are already required to register with their local draft board. A major terrorist attack could easily serve as the pretext for flipping the switch and setting this apparatus in motion.

It is obvious that our armed forces are stretched dangerously thin. We do not have enough people in uniform to meet current needs in Iraq and Afghanistan, much less to deal with a confrontation with Iran or North Korea.

Fearmongering, scare tactics, demagoguery, distortions, not to mention the discrediting of what our troops have accomplished on the ground in Iraq. These people cannot be allowed to run the country. They are a menace to Democracy and the spread of liberty around the globe. They do not understand the war we are fighting, they do not have a plan to win and they are the worst sort of demagogues, using scare tactics to try top persuade young people to vote for them.

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