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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Edwards: End the War Now.......And Bring Back Conscription

He's not a chickenhawk, but when you advocate conscription for young men, when you yourself wouldn't be forced to serve, there has to be a term for that. Besides populist pig. Which I'll admit, has a nice ring to it for Edwards.
Edwards also called Monday for spreading the burden of serving the country by mandating national service.

"One of the things we ought to be thinking about is some level of mandatory service to our country, so that everybody in America _ not just the poor kids who get sent to war _ are serving this country," he said.

After the event, Edwards said he had not meant to imply that only the poor go to war, only that everyone should serve in some way.

"We have people from all walks of life in America who are serving, including Reservists and National Guard," he said. "What we want to do is to have all Americans to have a chance to serve their country."

Some leaders of local veterans' groups also have deplored Edwards' call for war protests on Memorial Day.
For all the failures that we at home, and troops abroad have had to suffer through during this war, we can all be, and should be grateful to men like Milton Friedman who ensured that only volunteers would be asked to serve in our armed forces. The last thing we need is return to that collosal mistake. Full article here.

Update: I love it when politicians get mixed up in their own rhetoric. Notice how Edwards says
"What we want to do is to have all Americans to have a chance to serve their country."
What does that even mean? Anyone who is physically and mentally able to serve has the chance to serve. That's the magic of choice. What he should have said was, "What we want to do is force everyone who has the chance to be killed in war for our nation to take that chance." That would at least be truthful.

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