Bush has shown time and again that when he speaks, he doesn't necessarily mean what he says, or more to the point, say anything you can count on.
When he gave his address to the nation after 9/11, he began pounding the war drums of Iraq, yet as he spoke of this axis of evil that we had to attack, he said "Iran", and not Iraq. True, he only did this once during that speach, and not suprisingly it was discussed very briefly. Just another Bush slip of the tongue. And yet there I sat, contemplating the possibility that maybe it was a slip of the tongue, but only because he and his staff were already discussing their strategy to attack Iran next.
And now...here we are, after sufficient time has passed, and the war drums of Iran are beginning to pound.
Bush is a man who, when on the fly, says what he really thinks. Thus, anything that comes from his mouth must be taken not with a grain of salt, but with all seriousness. If only because he lets us know inadvertantly what's coming next.
I suspect the draft will be no different. Except it's called Patriot Enforcement, or something along those lines. It has already been budgeted and positions will be filled by July. This is no secret and there are many people, including Nolan, who know about it. It's not a rumor. It's reality.
Bush said, "I made it very plain, we will not have an all-volunteer army" and I believe him. I do not believe it was a slip of any kind, other than stupidly letting us know what he was really thinking. I can't help but believe his re-statement was simply a smoke screen reference to the "Patriot" duty that will replace the draft.
And really, even if this new wrinkle in draft terminology was errant or incorrect, you would still have the truth of men and women in their 40s, who have fulfilled their committment to the Armed Forces by voluntarily serving in the past being recalled to go to Iraq. Again, not fantasy or innuendo, but fact and reality. Maybe in mental reference, Bush was thinking of these folks, who are well beyond any "volunteer" attitude given they've already served, have moved on with their lives, have families and jobs, and are in some cases two decades removed from getting out of the service. In Bush-speak, they have volunteered to serve their country. In reality and real life, they are bewildered victims of a less than truthful leader.
His first term, he did whatever he wanted, but with an eye on his supporters to keep their vote. This term the only one he has to please is himself, and I think that's exactly what he will do.
At any cost.
Till next time, take care, and God bless,