Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan, says he is concerned about the toll the war in Iraq and extended deployments are taking on U.S. forces.You mean I might have to give up my Hummer and go to Iraq to get blown up? What will that do to my manicure?! Why, next you're going to say we shouldn't have cut taxes in a time of war! (Oh, of course he won't say that. No need to get excited.)
The man who is widely known as the "war czar" also says that from a military standpoint, a return to a draft should be part of the discussion.
Lt. Gen. Lute, otherwise known as "Czar Blossom", further explains to the NPR interviewer the concept of this strange custom called a "draft".
I think it makes sense to certainly consider it, and I can tell you, this has always been an option on the table, but ultimately, this is a policy matter between meeting the demands for the nation's security by one means or another. Today, the current means of the all-volunteer force is serving us exceptionally well. It would be a major policy shift — not actually a military, but a political policy shift to move to some other course.Doesn't sound like he's really ruling it out, now does it?
Of course, the Deciderer has stated that the draft will not happen. But if Czar Blossom tells him he must reinstate it, well, he's "gotta listen to the generals on the ground", no?
Let the squawking of Republic chickenhawks begin...