(Via Hot Air Headlines) The hysterical part of all of this is that when I saw the title of this WaPo article – “Toss out the all-volunteer military” – I immediately said to myself …because this suckweasel thinks that the problem with our military is that it is far too good at killing people and breaking stuff. And, lo!
Since the end of the military draft in 1973, every person joining the U.S. armed forces has done so because he or she asked to be there. Over the past decade, this all-volunteer force has been put to the test and has succeeded, fighting two sustained foreign wars with troops standing up to multiple combat deployments and extreme stress.
This is precisely the reason it is time to get rid of the all-volunteer force. It has been too successful. Our relatively small and highly adept military has made it all too easy for our nation to go to war — and to ignore the consequences.
“Ignoring the consequences,” by the way, is Center for a New American Security suckweasel-speak for “doesn’t fight wars according to the diktats of the Center for a New American Security.” Its author (Tom Ricks) is also probably smarting just a touch from a certain embarrassment: which is to say, he had the misfortune to write a book published in 2006 called Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq just before the Surge came along and un-Fiascoed everything. Doubling down with his 2009 work The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 probably didn’t help his digestion, either, given that (according to Wikipedia, at least*) Ricks apparently doubled down on the gloom and doom. Weird how the WaPo didn’t mention that in his bio… oh, I just slay me, sometimes.
As to his argument, well, here’s the question: in what universe am I expected to be anything except revolted at the thought that we might want to coerce American citizens and expose them to injury or death explicitly because otherwise we might enter into a war that meets with the disapproval of a Center for a New American Security suckweasel? – Because I would very much like for Tom Ricks to go to that universe, and leave the rest of us in peace in this one.
Thanks in advance!
*What, you think that I’m going to read two pieces of agitprop past their sell-by dates? I have better things to do with my time… but if somebody wants to pay me to read and review said pieces of agitprop, well, that’s another story. $300 for either one; $500 for the pair; and I’ll even buy the books myself.
Cash in advance, and in full, please. No payment plan. I take PayPal.