Tuesday, September 20, 2011

US lawmaker warns cuts may revive military draft

Representative Buck McKeon is leading the fight
against military spending cuts
 © AFP/Getty Images/File Chip Somodevilla
AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A key US lawmaker leading the fight against military spending cuts has warned that dramatic new reductions could force the United States to shift from an all-volunteer military and reinstate the draft.

House Armed Services Committee Buck McKeon, a Republican, told Fox News television on Monday that lawmakers "need to understand what it's going to mean to keep an all-volunteer force."

"Do we want to reinstitute the draft? Some of the cuts we're talking about would take over 200,000 out of end strength from our military," McKeon said in remarks also reported in the Washington Post on Tuesday.

The lawmaker said that an August debt-limit deal included $465 billion of defense spending cuts over ten years, and warned that "it'll be over another $500 billion" in automatic cuts to military programs if a new "supercommittee" fails to find $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts over ten years in a few weeks.


"We understand that defense has to be on the table, just as everything else is," he said, but draconian cuts to the Pentagon would raise the question of "who's going to have our back the next time we're attacked."

If the "supercommittee" fails to agree on a plan by November 23, and Congress fails to pass it by December 23, that would trigger $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts to military spending and a popular health care program come January 2013.

The cuts were designed to be so unpopular with Republicans and Democrats that they would force the 12-member panel to find a compromise, and force the overall congress to back the compromise.

But senior Republicans have been working to fight against new cuts to defense spending as part of the committee's work, warning such reductions could endanger US national security in the face of a rising China and could deepen the US economic downturn by swelling the ranks of unemployed.

© AFP -- Published at Activist Post with license


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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

GOOD, bring back the draft. Start with the children of the neoCONS who started all these wars. All the "precious" little bastards that are too "important" to serve in OUR military.
I see this JERK never SERVED EITHER. ANOTHER SERVICE DODGING FLAG WAVER ...............

ALL the "neo-CONS", ROVE, Krautheimer, Kristol, Beck, LIEberman, Hagee, Limbaugh, ALL those big mouths with NO DD-214's should be rounded up and sent to the war they claim they LOVE. Let them get a good taste of WAR .....
Bush, Rove, AND Cheney are now all free to PROVE they really believe in the wars they started, and just how "PATRIOTIC" they really ARE. They surrounded themselves with flags and LOUDLY proclaimed their "love" of America..... Now they are free to pick up rifles and LEAD the Troops that they ordered into combat.
I am sure those "HEROS" will be on the next plane to Afghanistan ..................
Bush with his National Guard training (NG was just DRAFT DODGING in those days)
and Cheney .......
1) FIVE DEFERMENTS to dodge SERVING the Nation during Viet Nam, too busy advancing HIS career.
2) HIDES in a secret Bunker during and long into the night on 9/11.



ALL the "neo-CONS", ROVE, Krautheimer, Kristol, Beck, LIEberman, Hagee, Limbaugh, ALL those big mouths with NO DD-214's should be rounded up and sent to the war they claim they LOVE. Let them get a good taste of WAR .....
Bush, Rove, AND Cheney are now all free to PROVE they really believe in the wars they started, and just how "PATRIOTIC" they really ARE. They surrounded themselves with flags and LOUDLY proclaimed their "love" of America..... Now they are free to pick up rifles and LEAD the Troops that they ordered into combat.
I am sure those "HEROS" will be on the next plane to Afghanistan ..................
Bush with his National Guard training (NG was just DRAFT DODGING in those days)
and Cheney .......
1) FIVE DEFERMENTS to dodge SERVING the Nation during Viet Nam, too busy advancing HIS career.
2) HIDES in a secret Bunker during and long into the night on 9/11

DRAFT THESE COWARDS:
ALL the "neo-CONS", ROVE, Krautheimer, Kristol, Beck, LIEberman, Hagee, Limbaugh, ALL those big mouths with NO DD-214's should be rounded up and sent to the war they claim they LOVE. Let them get a good taste of WAR .....
Bush, Rove, AND Cheney are now all free to PROVE they really believe in the wars they started, and just how "PATRIOTIC" they really ARE. They surrounded themselves with flags and LOUDLY proclaimed their "love" of America..... Now they are free to pick up rifles and LEAD the Troops that they ordered into combat.
I am sure those "HEROS" will be on the next plane to Afghanistan ..................
Bush with his National Guard training (NG was just DRAFT DODGING in those days)
and Cheney .......
1) FIVE DEFERMENTS to dodge SERVING the Nation during Viet Nam, too busy advancing HIS career.
2) HIDES in a secret Bunker during and long into the night on 9/11.

Garrick S. said...

Tired of the scare tactics from the military. We taxpayers already pay them the same as the rest of the world combined for our "protection." The military is the most expensive jobs program ever devised.

Anonymous said...

How does cutting the Pentagon's budget mean we'd have to draft instead of accepting volunteers? How would draftees be less expensive, or as efficient, as volunteers?

This "warning" strikes me as a threat, like how Congress was "warned" of martial law if the banker bailouts were not passed.

The draft would be politically unpopular, and the party of the sitting president would be especially rebuked. So there is pressure on politicians, as well as the general public who would have to bear the brunt of such a policy.

If the people to be drafted wanted to be in the military, they'd already have joined.

This is blackmail, pure and simple. Either give the Pentagon the money it wants, or get drafted.

What a crock.

Anonymous said...

Another point worth making, and to call the senator's bluff, is that a universal draft would be the surest way to fuel anti-war sentiments. I say we call this asshole's bluff, say OK, there's no more money for the Pentagon, so go ahead with the draft.

As well, the argument that discharged volunteers would exacerbate unemployment is disingenuous (or is it? maybe there is more here than we realize; war, as an economic pressure valve..??) in that the volunteers would be replaced with conscripts.

Also, maybe the USA could actually make things the rest of the world wants to buy, like we used to, instead of being global warmongers.

apeman2502 said...

Chicken hawks. According to witnesses in Bush41's squadron, Bush41 panicked and jumped without telling his crew, who were close enough to yell, "I'm out of here" to. But the rear-facing gunner of the plane a hundred yards or less ahead said Bush just jumped, and was hustled back to the mainland for a medal.
This new generation of degenerates will go down to the local gas station to kill for gasoline if not allowed to commit genocide against the middle east. I suggest we saddle them up and point them out into the desert and let Ghadaffi have his way with the useless S.O.B.s. We don't need them. They are killing America so the NATO/U.N. bunch can find plenty of open veins when they get here when Hillary takes charge.

Puke America will let the CFR do the vote again to install her Hitchcockiness in the White House. Blackboxvoting.org has practically tatooed every member of congress with the facts concerning computerized vote fraud, and all congress will do in response is mewl like a nest of baby rats because the CFR runs election coverage with their control of television news.

I'll never forget her getting up in front of a whole roomful of adults and lie for 15 minutes straight about claiming to have nailed OBL. And America just sat there and lapped it up like a dog after another mutt's vomit. Too much.

We need to get back to making things everybody wants instead of allowing Wall Street to STEAL EVERY SPARE DIME. NO MURDER FOR OIL.

Anonymous said...

All of the comments so far have made great points. I could add nothing more! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Lol, F THAT! Luckily they cant draft me, I've done my time =), and I made sure they wouldn't ever take me back! BUAHAHHAHA

Anonymous said...

Why dont we just end the wars? Bring back our troops from the 200+ bases worldwide. End the CIA and their offspring AL-CIAduhhh and Bam! I fixed the problems.

Anonymous said...

A decision like that could reinstate the tar and feather'em and hang'em high practice of the American Revolution. I say go for it Buck! Anything to strengthen the strain, the sooner the better.

Anonymous said...

GOOD, reinstate the draft!

There are a ton of college graduates who owe tons of dough who need to pay that shit back! While everyone else was busy working or in the service, these children were getting drunk and partying in college and they thought they'd never have to pay that money back. Time to give that ass up to uncle Sam! I say, make them do 2 years every $25,000 in federal student loans!

I'm sure there are those who are going to become lifers just to pay off their debts! They are doing this because they are about to drastically CUT benefits for the military. They'll probably take away their retirements and replace them with the TSP. That was the plan all along... So they'll either be forced to leave but the military still needs fresh meat for the grinder :)

They need to force females to serve too! They shouldn't be let off the hook this time! I hope this isn't just more bullshit political fear mongering, I hope someone has the balls to get this ball rolling.

This wouldn't be happening to this generation if they would have pulled their heads out of their asses 10 years ago stood up for 911 truth. But you allowed this to happen, now there are more than 6,000 US service members dead. Over A FUCKING MILLION Dead Iraqis and you did nothing. All dead over a fucking lie, now you have the government spying and you still do nothing. Time to hand that ass over to the international bankers. You thought they were going to leave you alone if you just stayed quiet didn't you? There is no deal with the devil!

Anonymous said...

If "they" believe in war enough to send strangers to die maybe "they" should start by drafting their children, grand children, and other family members.....

Take profit out of war. Who gains from all this? bankers and corporations who fund and supply or and probably all the millionaires in congress whose stocks increase due to the wars the wage on the poor.

Anonymous said...

chickenhawk chicken-shit neoCONS send everyone of these M-F-ERS OFF TO FIGHT THE WARS THEY SO MUCH WANT !!

Anonymous said...

...I worked in the retail end of warfare & defense for about 23 years,....tried to be a "federally protected whistle blower" (ha,ha,he,he)...but whenthere is profit in everything from bottled water to installing latrines,....and the corruption at the heart of the defense business is extreme,...draft or volunteer, as long as they provide the rational for going to war, profits will be made,....


RJ O'Guillory
Author-
Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

Anonymous said...

Aahh..., people were wondering what are they going to do with or what is going to happen to all the unemployed without benefits,the poor with reduced or nonexistent benefits, the new homeless, the already homeless, jobless grads, and the terminally angry. Problem solved!

Anonymous said...

"who's going to have our back the next time we're attacked..."

The last time we were attacked, it was more than 60 years ago, and the country actually had forewarning that it was about to occur, and did nothing to stop it.

What will they do next? Maybe entice poor kids into higher education with a promise to pay for a meager couple of years worth of duty? Then compel them to leave school to serve early?

In all reality, if the defense budget is cut, how will you arm and train a draftee force? Let them reinstitute a draft... let the rich kids serve too. COMPEL them to serve, no educational waivers, just like today's student soldiers!

Anonymous said...

Years ago we declared the "Professional Military" or "Volunteers". Now we have a Huge bloated officers corps, thousands of generals and admirals and the thousands of others just waiting for another star. The thousand bases around the world are staffed with life time trouble makers. The Military today serves Israels needs, not the needs of Citizens of America. Where were the Military on 9/11?

LastTruePatriot said...

Ha! Right, go ahead.....just try to reinstate the military draft. You will see an uprising of the masses of American citizens who are way beyond sick & tired of these never ending neocons' war on terror. This is only an attempt to find soldiers who as draftees are not going to get paid the same as volunteer force. Gotta cut the defense spending somehow!

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