Sometimes you wonder if people in government have any sense at all. “The chief of the Selective Service System has proposed registering women for the military draft,” reported Hearst Newspapers last week.
We oppose a draft — for women or men — on the grounds that the state should not have the power to commandeer people for its military aims, and the volunteer military has worked well. Moreover, we don’t believe Americans will go along with a new draft, especially as the objectives in Iraq become increasingly less well-defined. And, including women in a draft would bring out even greater public opposition and debate. Politically, it’s a non-starter.
Instead, the Bush administration should keep its June 30 date to hand over government to Iraqis, then implement a strategy that hands over responsibility for internal security as Iraq elections near early next year.