Gen. William Westmoreland, testifying before President Nixon's Commission on an All-Volunteer [Military] Force, denounced the idea of phasing out the draft and putting only volunteers in uniform, saying that he did not want to command "an army of mercenaries." Friedman, a member of the 15-person commission, interrupted him. "General," Friedman asked, "would you rather command an army of slaves?" Westmoreland got angry: "I don't like to hear our patriotic draftees referred to as slaves." And Friedman got rolling: "I don't like to hear our patriotic volunteers referred to as mercenaries." And he did not stop: " If they are mercenaries, then I, sir, am a mercenary professor, and you, sir, are a mercenary general. We are served by mercenary physicians, we use a mercenary lawyer, and we get our meat from a mercenary butcher."
Rhymes With Right has more on this, including a link to the original article, and links to even more commentary.
Cox & Forkum reruns "Iran's Proxy War" and yesterday discussed "War Power".
So much good stuff over at The Grouchy Old Cripple that I'm just going to ask you to take a trip over there.
A few goodies from Don Surber as well: He wonders whether Joe Biden might be right about Barack Obama (Rhymes With Right has an interesting take on Biden) and suggests that Congress read the Constitution (which, incidentally, they've taken an oath to preserve, uphold and defend, some of them even taking the oath on the Koran). How does someone preserve, uphold and defend something they've never even read? Come to think of it, they stopped a bill in Congress that would have required everyone voting for a piece of legislation to certify that they had actually read it and understood all of the provisions of it. Guess it would have required them to actually do their jobs, and heaven knows we can't have that. When would they have time to perform for the cameras, go drinkin', get Botox injections, or run for President?
And that's another thing. I think the states should enact laws that say that if you decide to run for President, you have to give up the job that your constituents have elected you to do. The people of Arizona, Illinois, and New York are now in effect represented by one Senator. That's not fair to them. I remember when Deion Sanders was playing for both the Falcons and the Braves. He decided, during the World Series, that he would do football with the Falcons in the afternoon and baseball in the evening with the Braves. Bobby Cox, manager of the Braves, kept him on the bench, even though he could have used Deion. Bobby decided that Deion had made his choice, that he'd rather play football than baseball that day. It should be the same way with Congress.
Tom McMahon over at 4-Block World has a couple of goodies: Ice Age Disco reminds us that thirty years ago the big worry was global cooling, and he also shares with us the Paris Hilton Cycle of Fame. His Separate And/Or Equal was an interesting history lesson, as well.
Rhymes With Right reports on the death of Molly Ivins. I join him in praying that she rest in peace. He also shares further evidence on the encroachment of the Nanny State.
Anyway, I've been at it for an hour now, and it's almost time to start work. Have a good one.