Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Experts? What Experts?

This has got to be one of the most misleading headlines of the day. "Experts see military draft as inevitable," huh? Well, who are these purported experts? The article starts off quoting a 15-year-old kid. No expert there. Next, we hear from apparently sensible politicians, Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del., and Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., who say there is no need for a draft. Is there a story here yet?

Next we hear from Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., who believes that we don't have enough troops right now (though the Pentagon believes it will have as many troops as Sen. Biden wants by 2007). So does, apparently, Lt. Gen. James Helmly, chief of the Army Reserve. So, too, do perople like Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, defense analyst Michele Flournoy and political commentator William Kristol. So who are these "experts" who have concluded that, from the foregoing opinions (which are not shared by the Pentagon), a draft is "inevitable?"

"J.E. McNeil, executive director of the Center on Conscience & War . . . and other anti-war activists such as Sally Milbury-Steen, executive director of the Wilmington-based peace organization Pacem in Terris, said they think a draft is on the horizon."

"Anti-war" activists! Not experts, surrender advocates! Why does the headline not read, as it should, "Anti-war activists see military draft as inevitable?"

This is merely an attempt by the loony left (the MSM, same thing) to keep alive the falsehood that conservative Republicans are war mongers who love sending kids to their death, and will therefore most certainly institute the draft (notwithstanding that this tactic failed miserably the last election). You gotta love the fact that the left has absolutely no ideas why people should vote for them, just why people (in this case, draft age adults) should vote against . . . , well, Bush. Earth to the left - you lost. Move on.

Worse, however, the otherwise sensible John Seiler at the OC Register's editorial page fell for this baloney.


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