Passage to Ecuador: Chomsky, Assange, sham justice, sham democracies. (via London Progressive Journal)
Iraq has been torn to pieces by sectarianism since the US invasion and occupation, Libya is in turmoil in the aftermath of NATO intervention, Pakistan is being destabilised and a proxy war is being stoked by the US and its allies in Syria.
Filed under: Not surprised.
The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, suggesting that we need to re-instate the draft because, as a country, we’ve lost our sense of self and sacrifice. “The costs would be huge,” he says. “But so would the benefits: overcoming growing social inequality without redistributing wealth; making future leaders, unlike today’s ‘chicken hawks,’ disinclined to send troops into combat without good reason; putting young Americans to work and giving them job and technology skills; and, above all, giving these young Americans a shared sense of patriotism and service to the country.”
Yeah, this is one of the worst ideas I’ve heard yet. It’s almost up there with the nonsense neo-reactionaries spew(for my followers, look them up. They’re worse then libertarians and ancaps and that’s saying something) The lack of a draft didn’t cause the toxic strain of self-interest in the world, neoliberalism and capitalism did.
What I find in situations that involve violence, people who have experienced it, when given the option of subjecting other people to it or not, tend to actually want people to experience it. You find this in people who continue hazing traditions because “it happened to me, now it’s my turn,” or in people who were bullied who think bullying “toughened” them, or in people who served in war who think everyone should.
Also, his premise that unjust or unnecessary wars would end if the draft was reinstated ignores who’s in politics (rich people), who tended to be given cushy assignments rather than serving on the front lines (drafted rich people), and how unnecessary and unjust wars still occurred even though the draft was a thing (see: Korea, Vietnam).
Also, anyone who proposes ending economic inequality without redistribution of wealth has zero idea of how wealth works.
Yeah, this guy’s a dick.
During World War One, 10% of all casualties were civilians.
During World War Two, the number of civilian deaths rose to 50%.
During the Vietnam War, 70% of all casualties were civilians.
In the war in Iraq, civilians account for up to 90% of all deaths.
George W. Bush on 5/29/2003
I wouldn’t put a lot of stock in Santorum’s opinions on combat, considering he’s never been in combat. It’s kinda like how he thinks John McCain doesn’t know anything about torture. But we’re supposed to make some sort of leap of faith and believe that Rick fucking Santorum would know his ass from his elbow in these matters.
I wish our districts hadn’t been redrawn so I could vote for her.
Well, according to Wikipedia, she won, so FUCK YEAH.