Tuesday, February 01, 2005

THE RIGHT-WING THINK TANK, Project for the New American Century, wrote a letter to Congress on January 28, calling for a significant increase in the size of the military.

The United States military is too small for the responsibilities we are asking it to assume. Those responsibilities are real and important. They are not going away. The United States will not and should not become less engaged in the world in the years to come. But our national security, global peace and stability, and the defense and promotion of freedom in the post-9/11 world require a larger military force than we have today. The administration has unfortunately resisted increasing our ground forces to the size needed to meet today's (and tomorrow's) missions and challenges.

So we write to ask you and your colleagues in the legislative branch to take the steps necessary to increase substantially the size of the active duty Army and Marine Corps. While estimates vary about just how large an increase is required, and Congress will make its own determination as to size and structure, it is our judgment that we should aim for an increase in the active duty Army and Marine Corps, together, of at least 25,000 troops each year over the next several years.
Is this a veiled call for the draft? Veterans for Common Sense thinks so.

1 comment:

Arvin Hill said...

Although it's not exactly something I'll be celebrating, a draft will mark the beginning of a true anti-war movement. America has embraced international aggression, and conscription will be a wake-up call for the millions who are quite comfortable with war... but only with a volunteer military. Hugo Zoom and I have been kicking this around at Arvin Hill.

Nice blog, BTW :^)