Tom Ricks has an op-ed this week in the New York Times proposing that America reinstitute the draft to alleviate its military, economic, and societal ills. And why not? Apparently retired General Stanley McChrystal thinks it’s a good idea. Of course, Ricks’s entire case for returning to the military draft is not built on the former Afghan commander’s opinion, but it doesn’t get much better from there.
The proposal is to conscript both men and women who could choose different lengths of service. Option Ricks specifies is an 18-month stint that would provide “low pay but excellent post-service benefits, . . .
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Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone reporter who brought down General Stanley McChrystal, is back on the Afghan beat. In the magazine’s latest issue Hastings has turned his attention to McChrystal’s successor, General David Petraeus. While touted as a profile of the commander, the article serves more as a profile of current U.S. policy on Afghanistan (needless to say, Petraeus declined to comment on the story). Hastings’ newest article lacks the wow-factor of the McChrystal profile, but paints a convincing portrait of the Obama administration’s thinking on the war in Afghanistan. At the center of the story is Petraeus new . . .
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