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Bush War Adviser Says Draft Worth a Look

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  • Greg Cannon
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      Bush War Adviser Says Draft Worth a Look
      Aug 10 06:25 PM US/Eastern
      By RICHARD LARDNER

      WASHINGTON (AP) - Frequent tours for U.S. forces in
      Iraq and Afghanistan have stressed the all-volunteer
      force and made it worth considering a return to a
      military draft, President Bush's new war adviser said
      Friday.

      "I think it makes sense to certainly consider it,"
      Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute said in an interview with
      National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

      "And I can tell you, this has always been an option on
      the table. But ultimately, this is a policy matter
      between meeting the demands for the nation's security
      by one means or another," Lute added in his first
      interview since he was confirmed by the Senate in
      June.

      President Nixon abolished the draft in 1973. Restoring
      it, Lute said, would be a "major policy shift" and
      Bush has made it clear that he doesn't think it's
      necessary.

      The repeated deployments affect not only the troops
      but their families, who can influence whether a
      service member decides to stay in the military, Lute
      said.

      "There's both a personal dimension of this, where this
      kind of stress plays out across dinner tables and in
      living room conversations within these families," he
      said. "And ultimately, the health of the all-
      volunteer force is going to rest on those sorts of
      personal family decisions."

      The military conducted a draft during the Civil War
      and both world wars and between 1948 and 1973. The
      Selective Service System, re- established in 1980,
      maintains a registry of 18-year-old men.

      Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., has called for
      reinstating the draft as a way to end the Iraq war.

      Bush picked Lute in mid-May as a deputy national
      security adviser with responsibility for ensuring
      efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan are coordinated with
      policymakers in Washington. Lute, an active-duty
      general, was chosen after several retired generals
      turned down the job.
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