Dear friends and colleagues:
Forgive the general distribution of this e-mail.
However, I figured after all the hilarious war-machine propaganda we're been subjected to, both in Internet groups and the right wing media, that a dose of reality was in order.
I don't expect that those arguing that the "surge" is going swimmingly in Iraq -- and that everything is under control -- will appreciate the facts underscored in this article. Then again, when Bush's senior guy on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan notes that the military is "under pressure" without a draft, all the propaganda from the war-without-end crowd becomes quite hollow.
Without further ado:
WASHINGTON - Frequent tours for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have stressed the all-volunteer force and made it worth considering a return to a military draft, President Bush's new war adviser said Friday.
"I think it makes sense to certainly consider it," Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute said in an interview with National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."
"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," Lute added in his first interview since he was confirmed by the Senate in June.
Still, he said the repeated deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan affect not only the troops but their families, who can influence whether a service member decides to stay in the military. "There's both a personal dimension of this, where this kind of stress plays out across dinner tables and in living room conversations within these families," he said. "And ultimately, the health of the all-volunteer force is going to rest on those sorts of personal family decisions."