My subject line was a ruse. It is not by any means original with me although I had thought about it before hearing the broadcast outlined below.
I heard this on NPR’s “Morning Edition” radio show. It was a sort of tongue in cheek commentary by John Ridley on how to stop the frenzied, “patriotic”, headlong rush to war with Iraq.
Since our army that’s going to do the fighting and dying is composed of a disproportionate number of minorities and poor whites,and if you want the power brokers in America to think twice before sending young men into battle than you have to get radical with the draft.
He proposes that we do away with the volunteer army and draft only the children of people making over $150,000 a year.
This would be the end of military gambits as we know it; as well as an end to the War Hawks’ penchant for labeling Doves as unpatriotic.
Now the Rich would have a chance to prove that they really are’nt different and how patriotic they really are by putting their money where their mouth is or to really mix metaphors putting “their children on the frontline”.
Of course we’re kidding ourselves if we think this has a chance in Hades of happening. The millionaires in the Senate would shoot it down faster than an Iraqi plane crossing into the no-fly zone.
The fact that not a single member of the House of Representatives and only one Senator has a child who enlisted and is serving on active duty in the military is also telling.
I know this is all fantasy, but what the hell, let’s play “what if”. What if all this would come to pass. Would our foreign policy be any different? Would we be so gung ho and cavalier in our rush to War? I think not. Your thoughts?