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Could College Students Know Something Bloggers Don't?

06/04/2005 12:43 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Bill Diamond writes:

But given all the talk about the possible reinstatement of the draft, why aren't we hearing more from the nation’s campuses? Is there resistance brewing and it's just not getting reported? Or is it, as I think Jim is suggesting, that college-aged students have become so narcotized by our entertainment-obsessed culture that they don’t see what may be headed their way?

I wonder: Could it be that college students don't really think "all the talk about the possible reinstatement of the draft" means anything? From what I've heard, the talk is mostly from people who don't like the Administration, who oppose the war in Iraq, and who are using the talk to argue against the war.

The Administration is saying it doesn't want a draft. The political party in power in Congress seems to have no interest in reinstating the draft. The minority party seems to have no interest in reinstating the draft. Last time the draft was proposed in Congress, obviously as an anti-war statement rather than as a serious proposal, it was defeated 402-2. As best I can tell, the military has no interest in the draft. And reinstating the draft would be lousy politics, not the sort of thing that a barely-majority party would really want to do.

Is that the stuff that protest movements are made of? "We're resisting the draft that may be headed our way! Everyone in power agrees with us that there shouldn't be a draft! Rumsfeld says there shouldn't be a draft! Congress says there shouldn't be a draft! But we're resisting anyway!"

Perhaps college students aren't scared of the draft because they don't really trust the people who are trying to scare them.