Tuesday, October 19, 2004

The New York Times and PAUL KRUGMAN spread the draft lie for Kerry

writing an oped in The NYT today, Krugman once again spreads a lie.

Speaking of Bush, Krugman says "Now he insists that he won't revive the draft. But the facts suggest that he will."

Actually, the facts suggest he won't.

First, Clinton cut the size of the all volunteer military. Many people were forced out early as a result. Since all branches of the military are meeting recruiting goals, it seems likely an increase in the size of the military would be filled with volunteers. There would be no need for a draft.

Second, Bush and the Department of Defense both say they do not desire a draft.

Third, the only bills in Congress for the draft were Democrat bills. Bush called their bluff and they were defeated. Even the Democrat Rangel, who sponsored one of the bills, voted against his own bill.

Fourth, Bush just can't wave a wand and bring back the draft. Congress will have to vote on it and as the recent vote shows, such a bill has no chance of passing.

Fifth, the idea that our military is overstreached forgets about the major realignment of troops expected around the world. Especially in Europe. A large scale back of troops in Germany and South Korea will free up thousands of troops.

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