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Date Posted: 10:37:49 04/17/06 Mon
Author: Country mouse
Subject: Interesting question
In reply to: TastingTheBlood 's message, "Do we need the Army?" on 01:40:24 04/13/06 Thu

And I am not sure that the answer is that easy. Yes, we have state militias who are answerable to the governors of the states, but who can be called up in an emergency. Not the National Guard, as they are paid by the Feds. I am thinking about need and volunteering versus a draft. You see, if another Republican gets into office, there are two issues at stake: How to proceed in Iraq (since the general tone of this board is disagreement with going over there in the first place, I am stating this only in the fact that now we are there)and if the need is great enough to justify a draft. You could say the same thing if a Democrat gets in, but a Democrat would be more likely to pull out of Iraq first and either downsize the military again or leave things as they were numbers wise.

During the second Reagan admin the military went through a downsizing just prior to the ending of the Cold War, and it went through another one under Clinton. Yet the operations tempo for overseas actions increased. I guess you could say it depends on who is in charge, because all the services will also want to share the burden so that no one particular branch is doing everything.

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