Monday, September 18, 2006

Ready or Not: The Draft Is Coming

Here's a little topic that no one is addressing at the moment. Please allow me to enlighten you: The Bush administration is, at this very moment, scheming to draft American children - yours and mine - into the armed forces. That's right! Step right up, kids! You, too, can become a cog in the military industrial complex's mighty machine! I really hope I'm wrong about this but I don't think I am. They won't make the announcement before the November elections for obvious reasons. But you can bet the farm that it will probably come between election day 2006 and New Years Day 2007 or shortly thereafter.

How am I able to make this incredibly bold prediction? It's really very simple: It is now obvious to any fool - even our esteemed commander-in-chief - that Donald Rumsfeld's original idea of a lean and compact military was a delusional pipe dream from the very beginning. One hundred and fifty thousand measly troops to invade and occupy an entire country?? What - are they out of their fucking minds???....

What am I saying? Of course they are.... General Eric Shinseki, early on, said that it couldn't be done and that it would take at least twice that number and then some to achieve any tangible military objective. And what good did all of his prescience, caution and honesty do him? It cost him his career. That's the strange thing about the Bush White House. If you want to succeed, you'd better damn well check the ugly truth at the door, pardner!

But all of this argument about troop levels is really only academic, isn't it? The fact that Saddam Hussein was a danger to no one but himself and that America never should have invaded Iraq to begin with is, by now, pretty much of a no-brainer. The people behind the Project For A New American Century (PNAC) which included Rumsfeld, Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz, had been planning the invasion years before Bush even took the oath of office. At the first cabinet meeting in January of 2001, according to Paul O'Neil and Richard Clarke, Saddam's fate was sealed - with or without WMD. All they needed to make their move was one flimsy excuse. That excuse arrived on the morning of September 11, 2001.

At this moment in our history, again, for obvious reasons, military enlistments are at an all time low.This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. Ask yourself this question: What able-bodied, sane young person with a bright and promising future would want to volunteer for the army or the navy - or any branch of the service for that matter - with a murderous, half-witted little piece of shit like George W. Bush calling the shots? Would you? I didn't think so.

And yet it doesn't take a genius to understand that the military ambition of the First Fool with respect to the Middle East, North Korea - and Heaven only knows where else - is totally at odds with what is readily available in terms of man (and woman) power. Since military recruiters aren't getting the job done these days and with re-enlistments all but disappearing, what's left to do? Of course! Draft the little buggers!

Did I say "Draft"?

Of course, the Bush administration, with its positively weird penchant for Orwellian Newspeak ("When we talk about war, we're really talkin' about peace"), won't call it a "draft", per se. Oh, perish the thought, dear reader! They'll probably conjure up some quaint little title like, "Freedom Service". Isn't that cute? Knowing this contemptible and all-too-predictable White House, they might even call the program, "Operation: Tide Of Patriotism", with a neat little acronym designed specifically to appeal to a generation of MTV-weaned, not very bright teenagers:

"OTOP! Dude, that's so cool!!!"

Again, I sincerely hope I'm wrong but I don't think I am. Given the sociopathic nature of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and the tidal wave of human shit that comprises this disgusting administration, I know as well as I know my own name (Tom Degan - Nice to meet'cha!) that the idea of shoveling scores of thousands of American kids into the untenable slaughterhouse these dirty old men have engendered is, at the very least, on the table. It only stands to reason.

These despicable bastards and bitches (Hi, Condi!) have plans - big plans - that they have every intention of carrying out. But they can't possibly pursue their objectives with what they've got; They need bodies. Lots and lots and lots and lots of bodies. And of this you can be absolutely sure: Many of these bodies - scores of thousands of them - will ultimately translate into dead bodies. Bush has already overseen the slaughter of at least one-hundred thousand men, women and little children in Iraq. Can you possibly be foolish enough to believe that this president - of all presidents -
gives a flying fuck about your kid? Please.

"Be the first one on your block to have your boy come home in a box! And it's, one-two-three, What're we fightin' for"???

Country Joe and the Fish
Woodstock, August 1969

Three and a half years ago, almost to this very day, the president of the United States of America broadcast a message for the youth of Iraq: "Don't give your lives for a dying regime". Truth be told, I was shocked that George W. Bush was even capable of such sage advice. It's also excellent advice for the youth of America: Don't give your lives for this sick, corrupt and dying regime! And if I may, I would also like to add this little pearl to the discussion: Organize and resist.

Pray for peace.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

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At 6:24 AM, Blogger superstar said...

just a good life

At 4:36 PM, Anonymous fearless flower said...

As a mother of young children this concerns me very much. In the event of a draft in a war like this one I would have to encourage them not to comply, and I would do it with a clear conscious. A friend of mine refused to go to Viet Nam and spent 5 years sitting in jail. As hard as that was I think he was better off than many who went and came back physically and emotionally maimed and feeling bad about themselves. I've waked up to the fact that this administration and the party behind it are not what they pretend to be: ones that care about middle-class families like mine. I intend to educate my children about the secret agenda of the Republican party and all the deceptions that have gone on surrounding this war.

A friend of mine calls young people today the "Duh?!" generation. It seems they'll embrace anything they deem cool, the more inane the better. They are in danger of mental malnourishment. They are already physically malnourished; this can be seen in skyrocketing rates of obesity, juvenile diabetes and other maladies. Most of them may be unfit for service anyway; I read an article a year ago that stated 50% of applicants are rejected because they are overweight. That doesn't bode well for our security does it?

If it comes down to a draft, I just might have to break down and start allowing my kids all the twinkies they want and see if they get fat enough to be rejected. That will break my heart too. I'd rather see young people wise up and take the kind of stand their parents should have.
God bless. I so appreciate these discussions.

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

fearless flower,we are with you, please know that/
montana freeman

At 5:47 PM, Blogger betmo said...

i hope that you are wrong- they have been recruiting mercenaries recently- so maybe the poor illegal mexicans and filipinos will be of some use to the bush machine. no- i am not kidding- it actually made msm not too long ago. so- mercenaries first, draft second.

At 12:03 PM, Anonymous BullDerm said...

Absence of a draft is primarily why there has been no anti-war activism by this college-aged generation. It may just take a draft to get their attention, because they sure act as if they don't care. Fearless Flower's friend who penned "Duh?!" generation is spot-on in that regard.

Don't forget too that in absence of a draft, Bush and company have done the next best thing -- cut higher education funding. Need funding for your education? Well, ever considered joining up?

At 6:58 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

I've heard the same buzz, Tom! Oh it's not real loud right now, and the Bush Cabal is trying to keep it hush-hush, but if you know as many people in GS as I do, you learn shit!

An old road dog of mine, from The US Navy SEALS just retired last month and sent me an email about a week ago about this very same thing. This guy has sent me a lot of info on the Bushies and I've learned to trust his word on stuff.

According to what he tells me, this new draft has been simmering since last year! They just can't come up with a way to implement it yet!

Iran is the main objective of the PNAC faithful, and they're filling up the CIA, NSA, and FBI with like-minded individuals as we speak! The only thing that scares them right now, is a Democratic House, and Senate in November!

Look for an "October Surprise" involving the death of Osama Bin Laden about then. Only thing is, Osama Bin Laden has been dead since 2003! He died in a hospital in Pakistan from kidney failure!

A Democratic controled Congress would put a halt to all their plans, and put them on the defensive. We've all seen by the latest scramble for legitimacy Bush and Co. have found themselves in, that they don't play defence worth a shit! That's why Bush and Cheney are trying to push this domestic spying bill, and this torture bill through before the next election! A Democratic Congress would hang the whole mess up in comittee, and leave Bush twisting in the wind, with a shit load of felonies over his head! THAT would take care of impeachment in and of itself, and Cheney would go down right along with him! PNAC isn't going to give up that easy!

We might have a very BIG problem in this country very soon! Bush might try to use martial law to save his own ass! We might wind up having to fight for our country!

Everybody already knows my stand!

At 12:54 PM, Anonymous seeker said...

The thing I fear now is that W will try and find some kind of national emergency and suspend the elections. He can't afford too many wins by the democrats in November.

At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

I saw in the last 2-3 days that enlistment is UP. On Faux News I think so you can see what it is worth. Also Bush's POLL numbers are up to 44 (also courtesy of Faux News) As for Osama's demise, when the talking heads were prating of Osama's near death it looked to me more a result of poor lighting than kidney failure.

At 3:49 PM, Blogger purple jesus said...

Just wanted to say your Blog rocks!

I feel alone out here in cyber space sometimes so I'm glad I finally stumbled upon this.

Keep up the good fight! We will take our country back!

At 5:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so far i didn't see any improvement of the war? could anybody explain if this war was justified, all bush nedded was an excuse to bully a small dog. is obvious his vision spreading democracy through foreign countries will not work or for his own campaigning puroposes. since 2001 there're many concerns with the bush administration why? things are not correctly explained his admins is hidden something an anyone who's under his cabinet certainly not telling the truth to the public, if you read the los angles times, or ny times news paper parrty much is the same. besides generation of kids are send to war and many of them didn't make it back so what happen to the promise then i guess wants their parents want to know answers there is no logic explainations.

At 5:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is Ameriac the new neos who's vision is to conquer the world, remember the great conquerors before america their vision to conquered the world diminish.

At 6:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

every antion that abuses power falls apart. so when a nation becomes superpower definitely feel too much ego that nation have the right to excerise power because too much power is in there hands, gradually they themselves to petition war on any any nation.
my advice to this nation would be co-exists with other nations your not the only superpower in this world, many hungry nations out there somewhere in the wildeness could unleash who's waiting to take actions againsts you by means necessary if they have to.but waiting a chance to maneuver.

At 6:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nation of imperialism could disappeared quickly shit.


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