Sen. Joseph Biden, the top Democrat of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said today the country is going to “have to face” the possibility of restoring the military draft if the Army continues to fail to reach recruiting goals. Biden appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Tim Russert. Here’s part of the transcript.
- RUSSERT: In order to continue current deployments, might we need to revert to a draft?
BIDEN: Remember during the campaign you asked me that question? And I said Kerry isn’t making anything up. We’re going to have to face that question. I agree with Curt. I think we can avoid it by changing the mix. But the truth of the matter is, it is going to become a subject if in fact 40 percent shortfall in recruitment. It’s just a reality.
Also today, the Pentagon announced the U.S. military death toll in Iraq has topped 1,700.