Don’t Draft Men or Women
By Cliff Kincaid
Conservatives are always one or two steps behind the left-wingers. Now they’re conducting another losing campaign by trying to stop a “dangerous” proposal for draft registration for women. The House Freedom Caucus is opposing the defense bill over including women in the draft.
But women are already in combat roles. Of the 13 troops killed in the Islamic terrorist attack on the Kabul airport, two were female Marines. They were Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, and Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole Gee, 23.
Another female veteran, Ashli Babbitt, served 14 years in the Armed Forces. The Air Force Personnel Center released records showing that Babbitt “deployed overseas on multiple occasions, including to Afghanistan in 2005, Iraq in 2006, and the United Arab Emirates in 2012 and 2014. Babbitt’s awards include the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.”
She survived the terrorists only to die at the hands at the hands of a Capitol Police officer who shot and killed her for trespassing in the Capitol.
Air Force veteran Babbitt, a Trump supporter, was unarmed. And justice has not been done in the case of her murder.
Fighting the inevitable, a group of conservative leaders have signed a “Don’t Draft Our Daughters” open letter calling on Congress to reject draft registration for women.
Another conservative position would be to oppose the entire draft registration system as wasteful, inefficient, and unnecessary.
Male citizens are required to register with the Selective Service System by age 18. Females are exempt.
But discrimination works both ways. Historically, the National Coalition for Men notes, “No gender oppression is comparable in magnitude to the deaths of males in war, which includes forced conscription. Over 20 million male soldiers died in WWII alone, about 500,000 of them U.S. soldiers…The Vietnam Memorial has 58,000 male names and 8 female names.”
The group had sued the Department of Defense because it had lifted the ban on women in combat but the men-only draft was still in effect. The Supreme Court declined to rule on the case, putting it back in the hands of Congress.
Republican Senator Joni Ernst, the first female veteran in the U.S. Senate, supports opening up “all military occupational specialties to women” and also favors draft registration for women. She was a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard. The Hill newspaper reports that only five of 13 Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee voted against the provision during the panel’s closed-door consideration of the bill.
On the House side, Republican Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida, a former Army Green Beret, supported draft registration for women on the grounds that the military would need a much broader pool of recruits in the event of “a national emergency.”
Perhaps he doesn’t understand that we are in such an emergency. The answer, however, is not more cannon fodder for the military but the eviction of the Commander-in-Chief.
The hullabaloo over draft registration obscures the real issue – service members are dying in no-win wars and China Joe has proven to be worthy of his name.
The latest fiasco, engineered by China Joe Biden, has invited another terrorist attack on the United States.
"This is far, far worse than 9/11," Christian author Joel Richardson told me in an America’s Survival TV interview. “We just don't realize it yet.” Richardson works with Catalytic Ministries, now providing assistance to Christians trying to survive the Biden-engineered Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
The latest issue of The Economist, a magazine that serves as a mouthpiece for the establishment, has a cover story, “Biden’s Debacle,” on how China has won big in Afghanistan. The global elites are finally worried about China and skeptical that China Joe can handle the presidency.
In this context, as noted by international journalist Martin Arostegui, the danger is that the Taliban and al Qaeda could acquire one or more of neighboring Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.
Conservatives need to get beyond the issue of protecting women who are already serving in combat and start focusing on what it is that men and women are defending, and whether America can survive China Joe.
Why don’t our conservative “leaders” join the growing campaign to force China Joe out of the White House? That would be a better use of their time.
*Cliff Kincaid is president of America’s Survival, Inc. www.usasurvival.org