Rangel: Bring back the draft before launching air strikes in Syria

Monday, September 2, 2013
By Paul Martin

By Sheldon Alberts

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Sunday renewed his call to reinstate the draft, arguing a vote should be held on mandatory military service before any decision is taken to launch strikes against Syria.

“I truly believe we should have a National Draft Act before the Congress acts,” Rangel told MSNBC.
Rangel, a decorated veteran of the Korean War, has for several years introduced legislation to bring back the draft and earlier this, for the first time, advocated that women should be included.

The New York lawmaker said the burden of war unfairly falls on lower-income Americans.

“They are not in the Hamptons. They are not in the wealthy neighborhoods,” he said.

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