Thursday, November 09, 2006
Any new trends should be apparent by March or so, if they are to happen. I guarantee you that any such change will be spun by the lamestream media as Bush's fault, probably accompanied by NYT and WaPo opinion pieces bemoaning what a dumb thing it was to get rid of Rumsfeld.
It sure would be interesting if Charlie Rangel's (D-NY) idea of reinstating the draft had to be implemented by a Democratic congress in order to maintain military force levels. I wonder what the political fallout from that would be in '08.
As an aside, I also think that diminished capacity of our conventional forces, especially the Army and Marines, tends to make nuclear war more likely, because weakness encourages the enemy to attack, and when you must fight, you fight with what you have. The alternative is capitulation.
Thanks to Instapundit for the link. To those of you who followed it, please feel free to stay awhile and look around--I hope you enjoy what you see and come back often.
By way of background, I, like commenter Spade, was unable to serve due to a medical condition. I would be a Vietnam-era veteran if I had served. My dad retired from the US Army after 30 years of service with the rank of Command Sergeant Major. I have a son who is a Navy officer on active duty and another son who served one hitch in the 10th Mountain Division--he got out before 9/11. I am proud of all three, especially this Veterans Day weekend.
RE: Enlistment Rates
I suspect that you are onto something there.
I was having the same thoughts myself.
RE: The Nuke Option
And you are right again. Without a truly viable conventional response, the only other option is to turn the places that oppose US into glass-paved parking lots.
Hope THAT makes the Democrats 'happy'.
According to federal law, the last one to touch a toxic spill is responsible for said spill. Doesn't matter who spilled it in the first place. You touch it....the mess and clean-up are YOURS.
[Welcome to the party, pal. -- Bruce Willis, in Die Hard]
With the election, and Rumsfeld being forced out, I'm slightly ashamed to say my first thought was, "Jeez, thank god I'm not in and over the water."
I probably wouldn't sign up today.
The day Rumsfeld resigned, there was a sound bite from a "man" on the street in New Yawk, who sounded like his mouth was full of mashed potatoes, and he said, "Oh, yeah, dis is great news! Tank Gawd he's gone, 'cause he dint listen ta the generals!"
A zombie parrot. "Braawk! I am the living dead! Rumsfield[sic] sucks! Braawk!"
BTW, why are you an "Ex" "Rat"?
Please don't think everyone from New York is of that mindset. many (me included) admire Rumsfeld and are truly sorry to see him go. I think Bush did the wrong thing and his timing was even worse. We lost friends and colleagues at the WTC. Most "New yawkers" want a MUCH bigger piece of the jihadis a$$es and if we have a complaint, it's that we haven't put a big enough hurting on the enemy. Let the Marines and Soldiers fight to WIN. We don't need no stinkin' Poltica l correctness while we're fighting a war. Let our kids use everything they can to WIN.Does that clear things up some?