Date: 16 January 2007
From: Dick Cheney
To: George W. Bush
cc: Karl Rove, Bob Gates, John McCain, Joe Lieberman
OK, guys, let's think this one through.
We'll be funneling 21,000 U.S. troops into the Baghdad surge. No doubt we will need tens of thousands more after awhile and then more after that. Where can we possibly get them without provoking a total political firestorm?
We can't constantly keep going to the well of serving trooops in Iraq and extending their tours of duty; nor can we keep recalling National Guardsmen and Reserves from the States for another couple of years in-country. These troops and their families are getting pissed off and starting to rebel.
Add to that problem that Gates wants nearly 100,000 new soldiers and Marines so that America will have a large enough military force to handle future threats and wars, especially in the Middle East region. Does he propose we dragoon young men in shopping malls and ship them off to Iraq and Afghanistan? Similarly, buying up Latin American young men in their countries and promising them U.S. citizenship can only fill a small fraction of our need; besides, that tactic of hiring what the pinkos call "mercenaries" is a bit obvious and makes us look desperate.
Re-starting the military draft should happen only as a last resort, and over my dead body. No way we should ever want a draft. Re-starting that program would rile up the great middle class and lead to ugly protest actions; see Vietnam. Better to keep the force we now have -- with a huge percentage of poor whites and lower-middle-class young men and women of color -- and 100,000 "contracted" soldiers.
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