When outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order allowing women in the military to join frontline combat units, the first question many asked was when would the draft be reinstated and used to “equalize” the gender breakdown of the military?
Currently, women make up less than one-fifth of our military forces. By liberal thinking, that’s “unfair.” Clearly, there must be discrimination at work.
Almost on cue, Rep. Charles Rangel, the House’s resident draft enthusiast, said that he will once again introduce legislation to reinstate the draft, this time with the added requirement that women register for Selective Service, as men must do on their 18th birthdays.
In a statement, Rangel said, “Now that women can serve in combat they should register for the Selective Service alongside their male counterparts. Reinstating the draft and requiring women to register for the Selective Service would compel the American public to have a stake in the wars we fight as a nation. We must question why and how we go to war, and who decides to send our men and women into harm’s way.”
Rangel’s proposal would cynically take advantage of most Americans’ aversion to putting women in harm’s way as roadblock to the U.S. ever using the military to assert its authority around the globe.
Rangel’s bill would require everyone to do two years of national service, either in the military or in civilian positions to be named later. Rangel added, “If this country has its security threatened, I would like to believe that all of us, no matter how old we are, would want to do something.”