Start the draft, stop the wars

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Mil­i­tary perks,” Letters, June 16

Let­ter writer Martin Schoen, a Marine Corps vet­eran, is cor­rect about re­in­stat­ing the draft.

If politi­cians’ chil­dren were sub­jected to a draft, mem­bers of Congress and the pres­i­dent might think twice about send­ing other peo­ple’s chil­dren to fight un­nec­es­sary wars rather than solv­ing in­ter­na­tional con­flicts through ne­go­ti­a­tion.

A mil­i­tary draft or public ser­vice re­quire­ment might also help solve con­gres­sional po­lar­iza­tion re­gard­ing the coun­try’s for­eign pol­icy.

Ken Cas­tonguay

Re­dondo Beach

This is a dif­fer­ent world from that in which many of us grew up with a World War II-era sense of “pa­tri­o­tism.” Now, we can no longer lay claim to a moral high ground from which we can send young Amer­i­cans to war us­ing a new ver­sion of the draft.

I would ob­ject to hav­ing my grand­chil­dren drafted into a mil­i­tary that is un­der com­mand of our con­tem­po­rary po­lit­i­cal sys­tem. We need some­thing to re­spect that is wor­thy of de­fense.

If you be­lieve enough to go to war, do it your­self, but don’t send my grand­chil­dren. It must be up to the mer­ce­nary pro­fes­sion­als. That’s all you have left.

Leonard Rich


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