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Midday: Military draft and air safety

Posted at 10:23 AM on January 30, 2007 by Bill Wareham (3 Comments)

At 11 a.m., professor Barbara Crosby of the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute has called for a widespread conversation about instituting a universal military draft, so we'll start that conversation with Crosby on Midday.

At noon, a live broadcast from the National Press Club featuring the head of the Federal Aviation Administration, Marion Blakey. She is a former chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, and will be talking about aviation safety at the National Press Club.


Comments (3)


I for one am tired of our war machine and an ever growing Pentagon budget not to mention the backroom sweet heart deals for war profiteers who effectively lobby Washington.

A mandatory draft will only include people not able to beat the system. People of means will always be able to exclude themselves and offspring they care about.

Haven't we learned anything from Vietnam? Look at the draft system Russia has in place.

Another government program that will be full of graft and self serving needs.

I would never support this - plus be convinced that the draft would be intended and used for peaceful civil services.

Thank you.


Posted by Wanda J. Hasselbalch | January 30, 2007 11:29 AM


A country rich as ours can afford military forces twice the size as we presently have.

If congress hadn't cut our forces in half (starting in the early 90's) we would have been able to put sufficient forces into Iraq at the beginning of the conflict.

Those over the years voting to cut our military forces have the blood of our 3000+ casualties on their hands.

When we go into a conflict, we need to have an overwhelming force to get conflicts over quickly and reduce casualties on all sides.

Posted by Bill Durand | January 30, 2007 12:03 PM


This was the single most stupidest show I've heard on MPR in a ... ok, since yesterday... ok, you really haven't had any decent programming in along time. Which brings to something I noticed during the show.

I couldn't help but notice how uncomfortable the host and guest were getting during the show. It was pretty obvious that the level of anger out there took them by surprise. What was even more telling was that neither the prof nor Bill Eichten really understood what was going on. Both were completely clueless and I bet you are also Bill.

It's really quite simple, you are out of touch.

Think about it. What happened this last weekend? Do you know? If so..... where is the reporting on it? Where is the discussion on the single most important issue facing us today?

Instead what do we get? We get filth like D'Souza. We get interviews with "leaders" of some obscure UofM college. And then you act all surprized when we get ticked off at some clown who thinks the draft is a great idea.

How exactly are you serving me again? 'Cause I ain't seeing it. How are you addressing my issues and my concerns? I know, I know. You are just too busy marketing to upper middle class yuppies to bother with the rest of us. But that isn't your mandate. Your mandate is to provide a public service. Not to sell junk to bored Edina housewives. Might want to be careful, people might start voting with their feet, if they haven't already.

BTW, do you realize how much your comment script sucks?

Posted by noen | January 31, 2007 12:04 AM