Friday, October 15, 2004

I imagine a whole bunch of people will be up in arms over Kerry's comment that Bush's policies have "great potential for a draft." Most likely, these will be the very same people who defended Cheney's comment that if Kerry is elected, "the danger is that we'll get hit again, that we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating."

I too think the rhetoric of some on the left regarding the draft is rather distastful - Howard Dean has taken to claiming that Bush has a "secret plan" to bring back the draft. That, of course, is ridiculous. However, I fail to see whats wrong with Kerry claiming Bush's policies bring us closer to the point where we will be forced to reinstitute the draft. Much as I fail to see something wrong with Cheney claiming Kerry's policies will make us more vulnerable to terrorists - a wrong but legitemate argument to make in a democracy.

Can anyone reconcile thinking one of these arguments is legit but not the other?


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