The Thinking 


February 9, 2016

TED CRUZ, to his creditis the only candidate in the dog-and-pony show known as the presidential race who has blasted the outrageous, lunatic idea of women being drafted, an idea which has absolutely nothing to do with military effectiveness or “women’s liberation” and absolutely everything to do with consolidating the power of an entrenched oligarchy. (This as not any kind of endorsement of Cruz.) In the Republican debate at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire on Saturday, February 6, the rest of the “pro-family” morons (with the exception of Trump who was absent on the issue) enthused about the idea. But then there isn’t a single socialist ideal that Republican Bolsheviks haven’t at some point praised. I offer this excerpt from the transcript of the debate to give you a breathtaking glimpse of unapologetic idiocy:

RADDATZ: I want to move on to the military. Senator Rubio, all restrictions on women in combat as long as they qualify. Positions including special operations forces, like Navy Seals. Just this week military leaders of the Army and Marine Corps said that they believed young women, just as young men are required to do, should sign up for Selective Service in case the Draft is reinstated.

Many of you have young daughters. Senator Rubio, should young women be required to sign up for Selective Service in case of a national emergency?

RUBIO: First, let me say there are already women today serving in roles that are like combat. That, in fact, whose lives are in very serious danger, and so I have no problem whatsoever with people of either gender serving in combat so long as the minimum requirements necessary to do the job are not compromised. But, I support that, and obviously now that that is the case I do believe that Selective Service should be opened up for both men and women in case a Draft is ever instituted.

I think the more fundamental challenge we’re now facing is what’s happening to the U.S. military — I’ve said this many times, and I think it’s important to start paying attention to this. Our Air Force is about to be the smallest it’s been in 100 years. I’m sorry, in our history. Our Army is set to be smaller than it’s been since the second World War, and our Navy is about to be the smallest than it’s been in 100 years.

I think we need to begin to refocus on rebuilding our military because every time we have cut our military in the history of this country we have had to come back later and rebuild it, and it costs more, and it’s a lot more chaotic and dangerous. When I’m president, we are rebuilding the U.S. military.


RADDATZ: Thank you, Senator Rubio. Governor Bush, do you believe that young women…

BUSH: … Say it again?

RADDATZ: Do you believe young women should sign up for Selective Service, be required to sign up…

BUSH: … I do, and I do think that we should not impose any kind of political agenda on the military. There should be — if women can meet the requirements, the minimum requirements for combat service they ought to have the right to do it. For sure. It ought to be focused on the morale as well. We got to make sure that we have readiness much higher than we do today. We need to eliminate the sequester which is devastating our military.

We can’t be focusing on the political side of this, we need to realize that our military force is how we project our word in the world. When we’re weak militarily it doesn’t matter what we say. We can talk about red lines, and ISIS being the J.V. team, and reset buttons and all this. If we don’t have a strong military than no one fears us, and they take actions that are against our national interest.

RADDATZ: Tell me what you’d say to American people out there…


RADDATZ: … Who are sitting at home, who have daughters, who might worry about those answers, and might worry…

BUSH: … Why would they worry about it…

RADDATZ: … if the Draft is reinstituted?

BUSH: … Well, the Draft’s not going to be reinstituted, but why — if women are accessing…

RADDATZ: … Are you saying you’d do away with it?

BUSH: No. I didn’t say that. You — you asked a question not about the draft, you asked about registering. And if women are going to be…

RADDATZ: You register for the draft.

BUSH: If — but…

RADDATZ: If it’s reinstituted.

BUSH: … we don’t have a draft. I’m not suggesting we have a draft. What I’m suggesting is that we ought to have readiness being the first priority of our military, and secondly, that we make sure that the morale is high. And right now, neither one of those are acceptable because we’ve been gutting the military budget.

We also need to reform our procurement process. We need to make sure there are more men and women in uniform than people — than civilians in our Defense Department. There’s a lot of things that we need to reform to bring our defense capabilities into the 21st century and I’m the guy that could do that. That’s why I have the support of generals, of admirals, of 12 Medal of Honor recipients and many other people that know that I would be a steady commander-in-chief and rebuild our military.



RADDATZ: Thank you very much.

CHRISTIE: Can I — can I be really — can I be really clear on this, because I am the father of two daughters. One of them is here tonight. What my wife and I have taught our daughters right from the beginning, that their sense of self-worth, their sense of value, their sense of what they want to do with their life comes not from the outside, but comes from within. And if a young woman in this country wants to go and fight to defend their country, she should be permitted to do so.

Part of that also needs to be part of a greater effort in this country, and so there’s no reason why one — young women should be discriminated against from registering for the selective service. The fact is, we need to be a party and a people that makes sure that our women in this country understand anything they can dream, anything that they want to aspire to, they can do. That’s the way we raised our daughters and that’s what we should aspire to as president for all of the women in our country.


RADDATZ: Thank you very much, Governor Christie. (Transcript of the New Hampshire GOP debate, annotated.)

— Comments —

Mark Jaws writes:

This lunacy in support of drafting females expressed during the Republican debate can only be attributable to the fact that none of these egalitarian wannabe commanders-in-chief have ever served in the military. Not Rubio. Not Bush. Not Christie. Not Carson. Not Kasich. Unlike this assortment of characters, I know a thing or two about the Army. I spent 20 years in that service, a good portion of which as an NCO before becoming an officer. The Military Intelligence Corps is filled with females, so I know what I am talking about.

I enlisted in 1976 when the last remnants of the draft army were barely visible – but the stories of male draftees endured for decades. Let me be frank. The US Army had a hard enough time with male draftees, and currently has a hard enough time with female volunteers. My only “war experience” was Desert Storm. I was assigned to G-2, VII Corps. It was that unit that contained the five armored divisions which took on the Iraqi Republican Guard. My job, as Order of Battle Officer, was to write a daily intelligence summary for the Corps Headquarters and the five divisions. Not exactly peeling potatoes. Yet, my unit deployed at 52% strength – and one reason was the fact that no less than FIVE FEMALE VOLUNTEERS, to include two officers, were pregnant before we shipped out to Saudi Arabia in early December 1990, and therefore could not deploy with us. Eventually we received replacements from stateside, but the initial month of Desert Storm was exceedingly demanding because we had deployed short-handed.

The bottom line is this. If male draftees caused problems, and if female volunteers cause problems (which are swept under the rug), can anyone imagine the magnitude of difficulties caused by FEMALE DRAFTEES?

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