Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Stretched Thin

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, the chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, argues that the US doesn't have enough military personnel "for the post-September 11 era of national security" in an op-ed piece for the Washington Times.

Hutchison does not advocate any specific solution for this problem, but I imagine some sort of mandatory service act has to be somewhere on her list of options. There already is a bill floating around Congress to reinstate the draft, and it would not surprise me if someone were to tinker with it in the coming months/years.

Sure, the military does not want untrained civilians manning helicopter gunships or tanks -- they add "no value," remember? -- but it could use some help with policing and related "constabulary duties."