Wednesday, October 06, 2004

crazy like a fox

There has been much fuss in the media about the failed legislation sponsored by Charles Rangel designed to reinstate the draft for the United States military. If my understanding of the results is correct, the proposal was overwhelmingly voted down, with only two "yes" votes being tallied. The people in power are trumpeting this as proof that the draft will not be brought back, but there are many undeniable signs that the door is still propped open. The brilliance of this legislative effort is that now, if the current administration is not voted out of office, it will be very difficult for them to reverse direction after the presidential election and get support for bringing back the draft, as every politician who is on record as voting against doing exactly that this week will be accountable for their inconsistency if they suddenly reverse their position in the next few months. Sometimes losing is winning.


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