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Patraeus Calls for National Service Draft August 11, 2007

Posted by chuckwh in News and politics.

U.S. Army General David Patraeus, who is credited with successfully hunting down Osama bin Laden and other Al Queda members in Eastern Afghanistan in mid 2002, today called for a National Service Draft. Draftees would choose between three services: a Peace Corps type of service focusing on international aid, a national corps that would focus on domestic aid, and any of the military services.

Some of the reasoning behind the suggestion is said to revolve around internal grumbling within the armed forces hierarchy. “Nobody’s itching for a war or anything,” Patraeus told the New York Times, “and in fact, traditionally, the armed forces leadership is usually the first to voice opposition to armed incursions. But the truth is that our troops are getting a little rusty, and we need to start looking at ways we can get them involved in matters outside the realm of traditional warfare. I think sending guard units into Iraq after the fall of Saddam to help shore up the infrastructure there has paid obvious dividends, but I think if our troops were to be deployed to areas in need are to be successful — assuming this trend continues, then we should develop a support mechanism for that.”

President Gore was vacationing at Club Med Havana, and could not be reached for comment.



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