Renewed cries from Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) that American needs to reinstate a military draft have fallen flat as far as key Democrats are concerned. Soon-to-be House and Senate majority leaders told reporters they disagree with Rangel. They plan to implement other means to remedy what they see as an overtaxed US military force—namely a different strategy for Iraq. There also would seem to be evidence to dispute Rangel’s claim that the all-volunteer force comprises more recruits from the poorest families.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.