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Old 07-22-2012, 04:07 PM   #21
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The military doesn't necessarily want every Tom, Dick, and Harriett but if I was in charge, the draft would kick very soon after troops were deployed. The draft generates both anger and fear since it potentially gets skin in the game from everyone, either directly or via a family member. IMO, it also properly distributes the burden across many instead of a few.
Stan McChrystal (Gen, USA, Ret), one of the finest officers of our generation, agrees with you. Link to his recent article in "Foreign Affairs".

He brushes aside the problems of inducting a large number of unskilled folks, a problem I think will be a lot bigger than he lets on. Still, I appreciate the bigger point he is making.

After the Vietnam War, the US Army deliberately restructured their forces so it was nearly impossible to engage in a protracted shooting war without calling up the Guard and Reserve. For example, a huge percentage of the transport and supply forces were Guard and Reserve. While the military leadership couldn't (and didn't want to) reinstitute the dfraft, they could make sure that any large war would affect a large swath of America's towns and villages. That has worked pretty well.

Thanks for the OP, very moving pictures. Uncomfortable for the obvious reasons and also because I felt many put me inside a private place as a probably unwelcome observer in a moment of intensely individual pain.
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The draft should have never been eliminated and there should have been no exemptions except due to physical conditions. In a democracy, everyone should have skin in the game regardless of wealth or social standing. Personally I think those in power voting to partake in foreign interventions should be the first to sacrifice their own sons and daughters as cannon fodder.

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The draft should have never been eliminated and there should have been no exemptions except due to physical conditions. In a democracy, everyone should have skin in the game regardless of wealth or social standing. Personally I think those in power voting to partake in foriegn interventions should be the first to sacrificie their own sons and daughters as cannon fodder.

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Great photos. To get the pic of those bombs at the just-released point, where do you think he was positioned? In a following plane?

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Great photos. To get the pic of those bombs at the just-released point, where do you think he was positioned? In a following plane?
A small "nit"--though the caption for that image (#12) calls them "bombs", they are actually napalm canisters. You can tell because they have no stabilizing fins, which allows them to tumble (as the ones in the photo have already started to do) and more effectively spread their contents.
Horrendous stuff, but effective in some circumstances. There are no good ways to die out there.
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