The Back Door Draft
Officially, there is no draft in the United States, and our wonderful neo-con rulers have made a great to-do about promising us that there will be no draft in the future. I doubt this exceedingly, since there is simply no way we could ever voluntarily recruit enough ground troops to occupy Iran and Syria as well as Iraq, which seems to be the neo-cons' mentally disturbed game plan.
However, there is in fact a "back door draft" whereby American soldiers who have completed their enlistments are not being discharged, but simply being told "No, you ain't getting out," and packed on board transport planes back to Iraq. They didn't even do that in Vietnam; once your tour was up, at least your tour was up.
The U.S. Army has forced about 50,000 soldiers to continue serving after their enlistments ended. The official rationale for this involuntary servitude (supposedly banned under the Fourteenth Amendment, as if the Bush administration ever gave a damn about the Constitution) is a legal fig leaf called "stop loss." Efforts thus far to challenge "stop loss" in court have failed; as anyone who has ever served can tell you, when the army genuinely wants something, the army gets it. Period.
This desperate resort to violation of enlistment contracts demonstrates how thinly America's military is stretched in occupying our latest imperial conquests in Iraq and Afghanistan. It could also further complicate efforts to attract new recruits. Nobody in his right mind is going to want to join the Army or the Marines when it's possible you could sign on for three years and end up doing thirty under "stop loss."
This is quite possible, since there seems to be no end to the Middle Eastern imperial adventure in sight. Iran and Syria are clearly next, followed by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon, as well as eventual U. S. participation in the planned mass deportation of Palestinians into the desert.
"As the war in Iraq drags on, the Army is accumulating a collection of problems that cumulatively could call into question the viability of an all-volunteer force," said defence analyst Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute think tank. "When a service has to repeatedly resort to compelling the retention of people who want to leave, you're edging away from the whole notion of volunteerism." Well, du-uh!
Folks, the handwriting is on the wall. The draft is coming back, not only for the purpose of expanding the Oil Empire and making the world safe for Israel, but also as a cure for the coming mass unemployment which is just around the corner due to George Bush's stunning economic incompetence. Just remember: you can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant.