Monday, April 16, 2007

Pentagon increases tours as Selective Service plans dress rehearsal


During the second week of April 2007 the Pentagon announced in major media outlets that most tours to Iraq would now last fifteen months. Apparently this will include repeat tours.

During the Vietnam war, tours were twelve months to the day for draftees, and no draftee was ever forced to repeat, even as troop buildups under General Westmoreland increased.

The social backlash against the "backdoor draft" to support the war in Iraq continues.

Selective Service has announced that it will do a "dress rehearsal" of its machinery in 2009. I corresponded with the Selective Service System extensively myself in 1996 when I was doing research for my first book. I was "drafted" and served in the Army from 1968-1970 but did not go to Vietnam.

VA Tech Tragedy

Today, Wolf Blitzer on CNN interviewed a graduate student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, VA, and the irony was that this particular student, uninjured in the incident, was from Palestine and has witnessed much of the West Bank violence.

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