[Marxism] Preemptive Attack on the Draft

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Tue Jun 1 19:57:03 MDT 2004


As reinstating the draft is impossible until the November elections 
are over, the Pentagon is busy coming up with various stop-gap 
measures. It decided to move "3,600 U.S. troops [the 2nd Brigade of 
the Army's 2nd Infantry Division] from South Korea to Iraq this 
summer, a shift that highlights the stress on the U.S. Army and 
promises a significant change in the way the United States helps 
defend the Korean peninsula. . . .The move will deplete U.S. forces 
in South Korea by nearly 10 percent, the first major shift of 
resources out of the country in decades" (Josh White, "U.S. Troops 
Moving From S. Korea to Iraq: 3,600 to Leave in Shift of Defense 
Plan," Washington Post, May 18, 2004, p. A15). At the same time, it 
made a proposal to make use of IRS data to track down veterans in the 
Individual Ready Reserve:

The Defense Department, strapped for troops for missions in Iraq and 
Afghanistan, has proposed to Congress that it tap the Internal 
Revenue Service to locate out-of-touch reservists.

The unusual measure, which the Pentagon said has been examined by 
lawyers, would allow the IRS to pass on addresses for tens of 
thousands of former military members who still face recall into the 
active duty. . . .

The full posting at 
<http://montages.blogspot.com/2004/06/preemptive-attack-on-draft.html>.
-- 
Yoshie

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