Mandation Of National Conscription

Mandation Of National Conscription - 1 Steve Freese When...

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1 Steve Freese When does the government of the United States become too demanding of its citizens? Is it when it subjects our incomes to federal taxation to pay for overseas militaristic conflicts? Is it when the administration wages a war without the backing of a majority of its citizens? Or maybe it’s when the government mandates national conscription. The War on Terror, or The War on Terrorism, as it is sometimes referred to, began following the devastating attacks on September 11, 2001. The war’s main focus was essentially to prevent the spread of terrorism domestically and internationally. Today, a policy of national conscription in the United States may require nearly all male and female American citizens over the age of 18 to serve in existing and impending military conflicts. The most evident existing military conflict would allude to the War on Terror. The War on Terror has now moved to the heart of Iraq. Originally the Bush administration suspected that concealed within the country were weapons of mass destruction. These supposed weapons were a severe threat to national security. When the Security Council housed within the United Nations offered no answers regarding the issue, the 107 th Congress of the United States gave George W. Bush the authority he needed in order to neutralize Iraq. The invasion of Iraq occurred on March 20, 2003 with an “all-volunteer military” (Brown A1). Between March of 2003 and today the number of military volunteers has dropped significantly. Professor of international relations Andrew J. Bacevich remarks that President Bush’s current “surge” was limited by the number of available volunteers. Bacevich observes that the “Pentagon [has been] scraping the bottom on the barrel” in recent months. Despite
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2 monetary incentives young Americans have become quite wary about becoming members of volunteer militias. This comes as no surprise to Bacevich who explains that many soldiers are now serving on their second or third excursion (Bacevich). The threat of decreasing volunteer military involvement has caused a political stir among members of the Democratic and Republican parties. Novelists, senators, scholars, editors, political advisors, and reporters alike have become generally concerned with the debate regarding the subject of national conscription. A number of people contend that national
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