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November 06, 2003

U.S. to Revive the Draft?

Serve Your Community and the Nation - Become a Selective Service System Local Board Member: "The Selective Service System wants to hear from men and women in the community who might be willing to serve as members of a local draft board."

So where is the U.S. media coverage on this story? I've done a quick, informal scan of the websites of some of the country's papers of record - NY Times, WashPost, LATimes, ChicagoTrib - nothing.

Here's a sampling of the foreign coverage:

US raises spectre of conscription [BBC]

Appeal for draft board volunteers revives memories of Vietnam era [The Guardian]

Will U.S. bring back the draft? [Toronto Star]

[Thanks to Scott for the links.]

Yours, &c., LC | 01:03 PM | Politics | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

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sorry, you can't draft me. i'm gay! hahahahaha

Posted by: marco at November 6, 2003 02:51 PM

The posting is gone now, taken down after "several people called expressing concern."

Statements from the DoD say this isn't a precursor to reimposing the draft, just routinely filling positions. I'm disturbed at the Selective Service publicist's use of the phrase "kick it up a notch." Could we possibly kill that for good?

Posted by: Scott at November 7, 2003 04:53 PM