With McCain's campaign waffling around and being cagey about his real position with regard to bringing back the military draft, I've been thinking about the draft quite a bit lately (especially because we're at war and I'm a 20 year old male). I'm interested to see what people here have to say about the idea of bringing back the draft. Being anti-war myself it would seem clear at first that the draft is antiquated nonsense that we should leave behind...but really it could be amazingly good for the country. The way I see it, the reason we've allowed the Bush administration to push into the middle east and burn bridges with former Allies around the world is that very few Americans really have anything to lose if we send soldiers overseas. If we brought back the draft, suddenly the boyfriends, husbands, sons, brothers and friends of nearly everyone in the country would be eligible to be sent to war. Why have protests against the Iraq war been so unbelievably anemic? Because to the vast majority of Americans the war is even less real than a war movie on HBO. In some way I think that having the draft would be just the dose of reality that this country seems to need. People would be more tuned into politics as a few swishes of pen could send their loved ones to war unwillingly. McCain appears to be struggling with the same issues, albeit horribly ungracefully in the public eye. This is the kind of stuff that pops out of my head at 3:30am. Bah. Thoughts?