As those of you who know me are aware I relish coincidences and synchronicities, but there are occurrences in these realms that even I would prefer not to have happen. Take the fact that I launched my website and blog all about the effects of the Vietnam draft on a generation of Americans on Thursday, August 9th and, bizarrely to be sure, on Saturday, August 11th there is an article in our local newspaper, THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE, entitled “Bush Advisor: Draft is Worth Considering”! The article quotes Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute who said in an interview on NPRs “All Things Considered”, “I think it makes sense to certainly consider it…And I can tell you, this has always been an option on the table.” Here’s the website for the rest of his interview:
Yes, a draft during Vietnam helped immeasurably to fuel the protest movement in both the civilian and military populations, and yes, our armed services are stretched to near a breaking point, but it is not a draft, but a withdrawal of troops that is needed. Your thoughts?