The Aggie came to see us on Saturday and cooked a dinner for us which was tasty: steaks, green beans and Idaho potatoes cut up and fried like potato chips. We talked about the possibility of the draft being reinstated and what he’d do in that case. He’s squarely in its sights, if it is reinstated as it was in 1973, since he’ll graduate from A&M in May and is 22 years old. In which case I’d want him to add a year to his service and go to officer’s candidate school as I did back in 1967. He tentatively agreed.
“…the Selective Service System (SSS) announced that ‘In the event of a draft, our agency would partner with @fema to provide opportunities to conscientious objectors to ensure our nation keeps moving forward.’ The announcement rattled Americans, especially those of draft-able age who do not want to go fight for a foreign country in which the United States doesn’t have a critical interest.”
Interesting piece on our draft-less circumstances at a potential time of big war. We’ve outsourced our multiple, smaller wars of late by paying “volunteers” about $40,000 each to enlist. It may have been increased since the government’s bugout from Afghanistan. The mercenary aspect is just one of the interesting items in this year-old essay in the Military Times.
If there’s anything pure about destroying a maternity hospital with airstrikes and bombs, leaving women and children trapped in the rubble. This is how Russia fights. Russians should be ashamed of their military. Ashamed of their government. Ashamed of themselves.