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George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s This Week, today asked Colin Powell about a return to the draft, and the answer was: “There is no need for a draft at this point.” Reassuring, eh? It gets better as he’s asked about the conditions in Iraq:

George Stephanopoulos: Is it getting worse?

Sec. Colin Powell: Yes, its getting worse and the reason it is getting worse is that they are determined to disrupt the election. They do not want the Iraqi people to vote for their own leaders in a free, democratic election. And because it’s getting worse, we will have to increase our efforts to defeat it, not walk away and pray and hope for something else to happen.

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Meanwhile, on Meet the Press, the US head of military operations, General Abizaid was bobbing and weaving about the level of violence and the ability to have elections in January: “I also think we’re going to have to fight our way all the way through elections, and there will be a lot of violence between now and then.”

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