Friday, December 17, 2004

What If There's More Supermonkeys Up At That Lab? WHAT IF THEY'RE CREATING AN ARMY OF THEM?

Thanks to Holden at First Draft for pointing out this tidbit in USA Today:

Battle deaths for part-time troops from the Army Guard and the Army Reserve — who typically drill just a weekend a month and two weeks in the summer unless there is a war — are still significantly higher than for part-time troops in past conflicts, Woodham said. Throughout the 12-year Vietnam War, for example, fewer than 100 Guard troops were killed, compared with the 145 who have died in less than two years in Iraq. [Emphasis mine.]

Army Guard and Army Reserve soldiers are assigned some of the most dangerous missions in Iraq, including convoy duty and guarding facilities. And Guard and Reserve soldiers are being counted on heavily to support the U.S.-led occupation.

Part-time troops now make up about 40% of the U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq.

Combine this with the National Guard not being able to make its enlistment quotas, and tell me these asshats aren't going to have a fucking draft.

I dunno about you, but I'd feel a lot better about a war being run by, y'know, people familiar with war, rather than a bunch of draft dodgers.

If they don't have a draft, they'll have to pull out to a hail of dead cats and rotten fruit, and their redneck base will hate them.

If they break their promise and try a draft, it won't work. People won't stand for it. They'll fail to report in droves, take to the streets, get arrested. Several state and local governments will refuse to cooperate, and the Democrats will win landslides in the off-year elections.

Either way, the Republicans are toast.
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