Politics

Stanley McChrystal: Bring back the draft

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer

Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal appeared on “The Colbert Report” Thursday and explained to host Stephen Colbert why it is time to reinstate the draft:

Colbert: You think we should bring the draft back.
McChrystal: I do.
Colbert: And as someone too old to be drafted, I agree with you. What do you think that would do for us as a nation?
 McChrystal: What I really believe in is that service changes you. I think service made me better than I would have been otherwise. I think every young American should have an opportunity to do service for the nation, not necessarily military. Maybe in health care. Maybe in education. And I think everyone should get the chance to spend a year at paid national service. I think it would change how they feel about citizenship. I think it would change how we feel about each other. I think people from Connecticut would get to know people from east L.A. I think we’d certainly start to mend some of the divisions in our society.
Colbert: Without the draft, how would Forrest Gump have met Bubba? We wouldn’t have that delicious shrimp company in times square.

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