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Thursday, September 23, 2004

The Oregonian and the kerry Draft Lies

The fake but inaccurate Bush reinstates the draft story has made the .local paper, the Oregonian:

Kerry suggests that Bush might reinstate military draft
The Democratic candidate raises the issue during a two-day campaign swing through
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, citing the war in Iraq and other trouble spots in the world, raised the possibility Wednesday that a military draft could be reinstated if voters re-elect President Bush.
Kerry said he would not bring back the draft and questioned how fairly it was administered in the past.
Answering a question about the draft that had been posed at a forum with voters, Kerry said: "If George Bush were to be re-elected, given the way he has gone about this war and given his avoidance of responsibility in North Korea and Iran and other places, is it possible? I can't tell you."

However, unlike the AP story noted in previous posts on this site, dig into the Oregonian's version and you'll chance upon this nugget of info: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other Pentagon officials have been asked numerous times whether they thought a draft would be necessary to maintain force levels in Iraq. They have said consistently that they think it is neither necessary nor desirable, since today's military is built on volunteer service and professionalism.

Credit where credit is due, this is the first spinning of this yarn that included Rummy nixing it that I have seen. While I would prefer a more opinionated slant to the whole story--Something along the "kerry is a liar" line perhaps-- I do appreciate the actual inclusion of many pertinent facts. The writer still couldn't bring herself to point out that all the draft bills currently in process are dimorat sponsored, but I'll take what I can get.


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