Howard Dean har följande om Irak-kriget och allmän värnplikt i USA:
George Bush is not being straight with the American people about the draft. He promised in the first presidential debate to win the war on terror with “an all-volunteer army”. He has already violated that commitment.
The truth is that a draft has already begun — it just hasn’t affected most of our families yet. Active duty soldiers who finish their commitments are being forced to stay in. And the flagrant misuse of the National Guard and Reserves has ripped apart families by sending unprecedented numbers of them to occupy a foreign country.
Because of George Bush’s failure to lead the world, we are nearly alone in Iraq. If we “stay the course” with this president, he will face a choice: drastically reduce our commitments or reinstate the draft. Sign the petition demanding that he tell Americans which one he will choose:
George Bush chose to go to war without substantial help from our allies. He has badly over-committed our armed forces. One of the Joint Chiefs and his own administrator in Iraq have both said that we will need tens of thousands more troops to stabilize Iraq. Extreme measures are already being taken to meet the shortfall — and the president has an obligation to explain how he will meet our commitments without drafting young people into service.
Fathers from New York who joined the Reserves to guard America against another attack have been sent to Iraq. Teenagers in the Florida National Guard who expected to provide hurricane relief in their home state have been forced to fight halfway around the world.
George Bush has left our homeland unprotected. And his plans to move existing forces away from threats like North Korea put our interests and our allies in danger. This cannot continue. Sign this petition demanding honesty — we will deliver it to the White House:
Family friends helped a young George Bush dodge the draft. Dick Cheney didn’t fight because he had, in his words, “other priorities” — he got five deferments. We cannot afford to let them dodge the question of a draft now.
Will they force a new generation of young people to make the sacrifices they refused to make? Or will they leave us unprotected at home and in other dangerous parts of the world?
I have a son in college. My family and millions of other families could be affected by a draft. We deserve to know before we vote in November how George Bush and Dick Cheney plan to prevent one. Sign the petition now:
Just recently a frightened Congress voted down a bill calling for a draft. (After all, they need to get re-elected in a few weeks.) But the way they rejected the bill showed just how easy calling a draft would be — they suspended normal rules and voted with almost no warning. Authorizing a draft would be just as easy — it could be done in less than 48 hours.
We have been misled about this war from the beginning. They said Iraq had nuclear weapons — that was false. They said the whole war would cost a few billion dollars — in reality, we spend several billion dollars every month. They say things are getting better — but every month brings more casualties than the last.
Now they say we won’t need a draft. We cannot afford to take their word for it.
Governor Howard Dean, M.D.
P.S. Please forward this message to your friends. We will only get the truth if we all stand up and demand it.