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Regarding Robert Lezzi’s Jan. 10 letter, “Benefits of returning to the draft“: Putting aside the fact that a draft would put the United States in the same league as repressive regimes like North Korea and Iran, his comments ignore reality. He says that only when a draft is reinstated “will Americans react and vote accordingly,” reversing bipartisan support for current troop surge plans. Did he miss the midterm elections? Or the fact that top Democrats have not only opposed such plans but have threatened to withhold funding.

Lezzi also states, with passing reference to Vietnam, that a draft would end apathy since fewer apathetic Americans would be shielded from the fallout. This assumption rests on the fallacy that public outcry and protests were somehow more widespread during the Vietnam era than now. Again, reality is quite the opposite where history is concerned.

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