Muhammad Ali and the Military Draft

Muhammad Ali and the Military Draft

In 1964, at the age of 22, Cassius Clay [who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali] defeated Sonny Liston to win the heavyweight championship. The smooth-talking, clean-living Clay could have become a popular and marketable champion, but just days after the fight he...
Unnecessary Loss of Life

Unnecessary Loss of Life

War is nasty, brutal and costly. In our latest wars, many of the casualties suffered by American troops are a direct result of their having to obey rules of engagement created by politicians who have never set foot on — or even seen — a battlefield....

The Draft: Slavery as Literal as it Comes

A reader asked what my thoughts are on conscription — i.e., the draft. I view the draft the same way I view any violation of individual rights: As slavery. In the case of the draft, since your life is at stake, the slavery is as literal as it comes. The common...

Reinstating the Military Draft

Congressman Charles Rangel plans to introduce legislation calling for reinstatement of the military draft. He says, “There’s no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence...

Draft Equals Moral Bankruptcy

Opinion surveys have indicated that a growing number of young people and their parents are wary of the Army’s recruiting pitch at a time when soldiers in Iraq are killed and wounded virtually every day. Spring is typically one of the more difficult periods of...