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Twelve Former US Army Captains: Reinstate Draft
Call to abandon volunteer military for compulsory service or leave Iraq altogether, which do you think is going to happen first?

Steve Watson
day, Oct 16, 2007

Twelve former captains in the US army have today published an article advising the White House that the only way US forces can stay in Iraq long term is to reinstate the military draft.

"There is one way we might be able to succeed in Iraq," wrote the ex-captains, all of whom saw service in Iraq between 2003 and 2006.

"To continue an operation of this intensity and duration, we would have to abandon our volunteer military for compulsory service. Short of that, our best option is to leave Iraq immediately.

"A scaled withdrawal will not prevent a civil war, and it will spend more blood and treasure on a losing proposition," they wrote.

The Iraq war "is as undermanned and under-resourced as it was from the start," the captains stressed, calling the operation in Iraq a "shambles."

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The captains also criticized current officials for maintaining that operations can still continue in Iraq with the forces available to them.

Given that the US has and still is building permanent bases in Iraq and that the weapons, security and reconstruction contracts are continuing to reap billions in profits for the western military industrial complex, immediate withdrawal is clearly off the cards. According to these former captains that leaves just one option.

But such popular opposition to a military draft has led many commentators to wonder just how, operationally and theoretically, compulsory service could be brought back.

The truth is the draft has never been eliminated, it has merely been shelved.

As we reported late last year, there is an underlying framework that provides for a rapid and extensive implementation of conscription.

"The Selective Service System, an agency independent of the Defense Department, says it's ready to respond quickly to any crisis that would threaten to overwhelm the current all-volunteer military," reported CNN last November, noting that the agency would be able to fully implement the draft in under a time period of seven months.

As we also revealed in the above mentioned report, leading representatives across the political spectrum have ensured a constant re-introduction of draft legislation, meaning it has always been on the table and still is to this day.

Though influential Democrats like Nancy Pelosi have publicly shot down any chance of the draft returning to America, everything is in place to activate it, absent a nuclear or biological attack on a U.S. city or geopolitical turmoil.

Such constant rhetoric and legislation concerning conscription, in addition to warmongering with Iran and the continuation of the "war on terror" mantra has led some, including Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration Paul Craig Roberts, to warn that absent any real threat or attack, the Bush administration could stage false flag events and terror attacks in order to reinstate the draft, enhance military presence in the middle east and ultimately attack Iran.

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In addition to calling for a new draft, the twelve retired army captains also described widespread corruption in the Iraqi government, and stressed that the infrastructure of the country is in "deplorable condition."

Iraq's oil industry "still fails to produce the revenue that Pentagon war planners hoped would pay for Iraq's reconstruction," they wrote.

As many have pointed out however, Iraq's reconstruction was not in the game plan. The stemming of Iraq's oil flow in order to further control the market and increase global prices ($35 in 2003, $88 in 2007, $200 in 2010?) and the division of Iraq's sectarian people in order to dilute unity in the region, the real goals of this war, are being carried through.

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