29 June 2004

It's getting drafty

From Reuters by way of Eschaton:

By Will Dunham
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army is planning an involuntary mobilization of thousands of reserve troops to maintain adequate force levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, defense officials said on Monday.

The move -- involving the seldom-tapped Individual Ready Reserve -- represents the latest evidence of the strain being placed on the U.S. military, particularly the Army, by operations in those two countries.

[. . .]

The official said the last time the Individual Ready Reserve, mainly made up of soldiers who have completed their active duty obligations, was mobilized in any significant numbers was during the 1991 Gulf War.

[. . .]

The defense official said that while soldiers in the Individual Ready Reserve have served their voluntary obligation in the Army they still can be mobilized involuntarily for several years after returning to civilian life.

Details here.

Now we're calling the inactive reserves back to duty. Mark my words, the draft isn't far behind. Like I told my wife, if the draft comes back and they call up my old carcass, sell every thing we have and leave the country because we're doomed. Just think about this, now that our armed forces are stretched so thin. What if a major power, say China, decides that our oil consumption is a threat to their national security? What if they decide to attack the U.S. mainland? Is our military of a strength to counter them? I think not. Certainly not with half our deployable ground forces in Iraq. Stupid motherfuckers.

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