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Would Conscription Curb US Militarism? Thom Hartmann Thinks So

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By Dave Hummels
February 28, 2013

Do you ever get the feeling that progressives have run out of ideas? This thought crossed my mind  when I read Thom Hartmann’s “The Draft: A War-Killer” on Truthout.   Hartmann advocates reinstatement of conscription in a “new and improved form.”  He proclaims that the military industrial complex “would finally be held in check if we were to re-instate a draft.” Hartmann seems oblivious to the fact that the military industrial complex grew and prospered with a draft in place.

The hook for Hartmann’s piece is the upcoming tenth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. “Would we still be in Iraq today,” he asks, “or even have gone to war with Iraq — if there was a military draft in this country?” He claims that the war in Iraq has lasted longer than other major US wars where a draft was in place, such as the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

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