Dumb Article of the Day
Ben Johnson, in the Seattle Times
:I disagree with the need for military recruitment altogether. If society deems that military action is the right decision, the society must commit to that vision and force conscription and draft people from all walks of life, not just target those who are poor and want to go to college.
But if government cannot commit this country to really go to war, then there should be no wars.
The government and the economy have created a situation for millions where the only way to get an opportunity for college is to join the service, or continue without higher education. While the GI Bill sounds like a good policy for people without resources, it's an indicator of the focus of our society that signing up for military service is one of the only ways millions of people are able to access the basic opportunity of higher education. This puts the commitment to war above the commitment to education.
Of course, Ben doesn't really want a draft. He wants a real anti-war movement.