The inevitability of the draft

As the last nails are being hammered into the coffin of the lame duck 111th Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have voted in favor of repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. After losing 63 seats and their majority in the House, and six seats in the U.S. Senate, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid still can’t get their priorities straight. The passage of the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy could turn out to be a day of infamy for our military.

Nearly forty percent of the Marines in the official Department of Defense survey said that they may leave the service early if “don’t ask, don’t tell” is repealed. Four out of ten! That is a staggering number that could degrade one of the most lethal fighting forces in the world. With our military already stretched to capacity with many of our warriors being asked to sign up for multiple tours of duty, how could the Democrat leadership and some Republicans take this risk? Pushing this legislation during a global war on terror is a dereliction of duty. If forty percent of our Marines do in fact leave the service early, we will have to fill those boots somehow.

The same Department of Defense report said forty to sixty percent of Marines and other combat forces believe that the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” will have a negative impact on the military. Marine Corps Commandant, General James Amos, said, “I don’t want to lose any Marines to the distraction [of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’].” We are in a time of war and we have combat troops in two theaters of operation. It is not a time to change a policy that has worked for years.

At Citizens United, we have released a YouTube video to highlight how the very people protesting “don’t ask, don’t tell” could be subject to a new draft if the repeal is signed into law. This issue has not been talked about much, but is a serious unintended consequence nonetheless. Statistics indicate that retention and recruitment will be a problem if “don’t ask, don’t tell” is repealed. We are at war, and war is no time to take a chance with our armed forces just to appease the liberal special interests. Unbelievably, Harry Reid tweeted to Lady Gaga, “We did it,” after the repeal was passed. I guess we know now that Reid is beholden to Lady Gaga and not those young Marines on the front lines protecting our freedom.

David N. Bossie is the president of Citizens United and Citizens United Productions, and the executive producer of “America at Risk.”

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  • junkmaninohio

    The feminization of the US Military has been expanding for many years. Also, many senior officers in all branches continue to opt for political correctness in hopes of advancing their own political careers once they have left the service. They want to be politicians instead of warriors. Be that as it may, and barring a national security crisis, I doubt you will ever see a call for reimplementing the draft. Problem is, with whining little traitors like Bradley Manning bemoaning preceived affronts to his precious sensibilities, what other betrayals can we expect from disgruntled and confused service members in the name of PC. Remember, this guy volunteered for military service then crys about being in an “uncomfortable” place. Discipline will be a thing of the past under PC threat of lawsuits by the openly gay military community. Can only wait, watch, and hope it all works out.

  • Rocketman

    1.) The draft should have never been eliminated in toto,
    2.) Most of the draftees I served with did their jobs adequately,
    3.) ALL Americans have some kind of obligation to their country,
    4.) The unintended consequences of this repeal have only just begun.

    Ahhhhhh … I can already hear The Carpenters in the barracks.


    • Liberty Issues

      Rocketman “1.) The draft should have never been eliminated in toto,”

      It wasn’t.

      “2.) Most of the draftees I served with did their jobs adequately,”

      Not the issue

      “3.) ALL Americans have some kind of obligation to their country,

      One more wacky liberal (or wacky conservative) who thinks we are beholden to the state, in a free society. You say you served, but you had no idea what you were defending.

      “4.) The unintended consequences of this repeal have only just begun.”

      Very likely.

      But nobody will get your Carpenters reference :-)

  • cynthiaprof

    I just read the DOD report. Page 210 of the report proves David Bossie is either:
    a) Lying or
    b) CanNOT do simple math or
    c) both; lying and cannot do simple math.

    page 210: Q81
    “If Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is repealed, how, if at all, will your military career plans be affected?

    * 47.5% (over 4 in 10) Marines answered “My military career plans would NOT change”

    * 23.1% (2 in 10) Marines answered “I will leave sooner than planned”

    Like I said earlier – Citizens United is lying and is spreading FALSE PROPAGANDA

    Link to report:

  • cynthiaprof

    David Bossie has highlighted his own irrational, paranoid, fearmongering and lies through this video.

    David Bossie would not know how to go through one day without spreading false propaganda.

  • Liberty Issues

    Repeal is a legitimate debating topic. I’d be strongly in favor, if not in wars. There were also high negatives in the Army.

    But the suggestion that Republicans will now restore the draft is my pick for the wackiest hysteria mongering of the entire year. Perhaps of the century (decade).

    Bossie (who seems to be) says the video will show HOW the draft might now be restored. Where does it? Oh well, at least this may keep the Birthers busy for a few years.

  • SuperTalk

    DADT was a law that encouraged extortion, plain and simple.

    The military and the job they do will not change at all.

    All the guys that have spent their whole lives making fun of Gays are shocked, just shocked I say, as society passes them by.

    Our military is under civilian control for a reason and the troops on the front line have serious problems to deal with, having an openly gay guy in the unit is not going to slow them down. There are rules, if the rules aren’t followed by gays or straights, the soldiers are disciplined.
    Rules, discipline, honor, always has been until DADT was introduced 17 years ago, always will be now that it’s gone.

  • student1776

    The underlying reality is that life in the military is fundamentally different than life in the civilian sector. You live 24/7/365 with your peers in close and uncontrolled quarters and depend on each other for your lives. Militaries are the line at the border who protect the remainder of the society so that those societies are not intruded on by external threats. Historically this is an old story. The more effective the military are at protecting the society, the fewer the people in the society ever experience the results of external threat, the more the protected population focuses on its personal pleasures and economics and forgets or more typically denigrates the values that animate the protectors – honor, responsibility to each other, courage, service. In this case, a large number of people who have never been in the military, who have led nice lives protected by the military, have taken to engage in large scale social experimentation on the military without regard to the thoughts of the professional military involved in the decision. The real issue here is not so much the attitude towards the management of homosexuals in the military as it is the attitude of disrespect towards the military and towards the reality of their lives and values. The ability of ignorant government to do harm extends to many sectors of our lives – but in few sectors are we as vulnerable to really bad consequences than we are with the military. The irony is that the very success of the military in protecting American society allows the anti-military ignorant left the freedom to weaken that military – and keep getting away with it . . . until they finally weaken it enough for disaster to occur. I wonder if they will accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions?

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