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Paul Craig Roberts writes for on April 22, 2004, that we're

"Locked on Course to Wider War."
"The American public," he says, "has been deceived and locked on a course toward conscription and a wider war."

Roberts points directly at senior Republican Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel who said on April 20, 2004, that "deteriorating security in Iraq may force the United States to reintroduce the military draft." [2]

Hagel told "a Senate Foreign Relations Committee [that] 'There's not an American ... that doesn't understand what we are engaged in today and what the prospects are for the future ... [Adding, if] that's the case, why shouldn't we ask all of our citizens to bear some responsibility and pay some price?' Hagel said, arguing that restoring compulsory military service would force 'our citizens to understand the intensity and depth of challenges we face.'" [3]

Hagel added "that a draft, which was ended in the early 1970s, would spread the burden of military service in Iraq more equitably among various social strata. ... 'Those who are serving today and dying today are the middle class and lower middle class,' he observed."

The AFP points out that the "call to consider a imposing a draft comes just days after the Pentagon moved to extend the missions of some 20,000 US troops in Iraq." [4] See Iraqi sovereignty: June 30, 2004 and Operation Iraqi Freedom: Year Two for context. logo
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The conference of Nationalist leaders in the Dublin Mansion House did not conclude till after 8 o'clock this evening, when a report was issued. It states that the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and the Lord Mayor of Dublin have consented to act as trustees of the Irish National Defence Fund, and that ...
To be clear, limited terms of national conscription do not, in themselves, constitute human rights violations. .... The United States and other countries should urgently take steps to protect the Eritreans who have managed to flee the government's oppression, should take into consideration the pattern of ...

BANGKOK — A spokesman for the ruling junta said Thursday that the grandmother of a man who despaired at being conscripted into the army would be ... himself as conscientious objector, said the problem would be solved if the army made enlistment voluntary, citing the United States as an example. Col.
The United States sent some forces to the Baltic states to calm nerves during this time, including Patriot missile systems for air defense and other forces for small exercises during ... Even at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Estonia took territorial defense seriously and never ended conscription.
Many of the COs in Britain — and later in the United States, after the country introduced conscription following its entry into World War I — were Mennonites. “There's a 400-year tradition of believing that war and violence are not a part of the gospel, and so the Mennonite church, in general, believes we ...
Dennis, a former fighter controller who served abroad for over twenty-two years, will speak about how conscripted soldiers, “many of whom came from ... He is also graduate of the United States Armed Forces Staff College, the NATO Defense College, and Canada's National Security Studies Course, and ...

The United States has been engaged in war in Afghanistan since October 2001, when it launched Operation Enduring Freedom, and in Iraq since 2003. ... Sporadic calls for bringing back conscription—the draft—to relieve the stress on the military and avoid too much privatization have generally fallen on ...
The Conscription Crisis of 1918 had a more profound impact on the course of Irish history than the Easter Rising, writes Ryle Dwyer ... Front following the defeat of Russia, giving Germany a huge advantage which they hoped to exploit before the United States could establish itself more fully in Europe.
The aforementioned research documented the costs of conscription and the feasibility of a volunteer military. ... Is it not the coalition — principally in our own capital city — that bears an endemic hostility to Russia and envisions America's future role as a continuance of its Cold War role of containing and corralling Russia ...
Tottenham still carry fears over the future of star attacker Son Heung-Min, who may be forced to undergo military service in his native South Korea. ... It was announced that they would be free of the distraction of service when they reached the last 16, winning a group also featuring USA, Portugal and Poland ...

Europe has a long tradition of having a military service option for its citizens and some nations have kept their conscription or compulsory enlistment laws, including Germany, Austria, Finland, Greece, and Norway. Recently, too ... Nope, we cannot rely on the United States which has its own problems.
“Afrin is not a region easy to command for Turkey,” said Ozgur Unluhisarcikli, director in Turkey of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. .... repression they had experienced under the Assad government or radical Islamists, and to the compulsory conscription the Y.P.G. enforced in areas it controls.
The end of conscription will be “a death knell” for the island's defence force, a group of former commanding officers warned yesterday. ... “In 2017, the Regiment played a key role in supporting the security arrangements for Bermuda's successful hosting of the 35th America's Cup and in deploying to the ...
Since the end of conscription in 1973, the United States has prided itself on maintaining an “all-volunteer force,” yet over the last four decades, Uncle Sam has ... In the last decade, military working dogs, or MWDs, as they're known in the armed forces, became one of America's most precious weapons in the ...
The New York draft riots in the summer of 1863, a largely Irish working-class protest against the federal government's new conscription policy, had set Manhattan ablaze, .... The attitude of the Catholic Church toward its own heritage is changing radically at the moment everywhere in the United States.
The cabinet dispute is over the framing of a bill that would extend a long-standing military service exemption for ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students. Opposition politicians and at ... that is what will happen. If they don't, then we'll have early elections," he said last week during a trip to the United States.
George Washington had puzzled over a similar difficulty. The commander of the Continental Army felt intuitively that veterans needed to maintain a sense of self after military service. In his Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States, Washington recommended that veterans funnel their energies as ...
Taiwan's experience is not unique; the historical experiences of the United States, nearly two dozen European nations, New Zealand, Australia, and ... Taiwan's decision to shift to a volunteer recruitment model stands in contrast with the experiences of other countries, who abolished conscription amid ...
Israel's ultra-Orthodox parties are holding up approval of the budget over a conscription law they are determined to see pass this session, threatening to .... Netanyahu won a few days' respite with his trip to the United States to participate in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's conference and ...
Today, the United States has a policy of incrementalism, working on behalf of one player in the Syrian morass. America's adversaries will learn how better to attack U.S. forces and allies. With time, U.S. personnel will face greater risk while the deepening morass will demand either concession or escalation.


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