Columnist Milbank: Restore Draft to Curb Partisanship

Monday, 02 Dec 2013 06:52 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The United States should restore the draft, a move that could help ease the growing partisanship on Capitol Hill, says Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank.

"[It's] beyond the draft . . . We need mandatory conscription — that means everybody," he told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"That's ideally for military service, but for those who have a problem with military service, some other form of national service, a real kind of service," Milbank said Monday.

He said the percentage of veterans in Congress has dropped dramatically over the years.

"In the late '70s, when you had sort of the peak because of all of the World War II veterans, [it] was up around 70 percent," Milbank said.

"And now we're down below 20 percent, which is no coincidence that that overlapped with the period when things really started getting out of hand with our national finances and also just with the constantly escalating partisanship.

"What's happened is . . . Americans started to see each other as the enemy without realizing that we're all on the same team here. We have disagreements, but we're not enemies."


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