This made my night. Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio took to the floor of the House and said what is on everyone’s mind about the draft. He opened a can of Whoopass on the Bush administration and its stance that we should believe that they have no plans to reinsitute it. The video and audio of this has been posted in a variety of places, including DKos and MyDD.
Here is a rough transcript (credit Newsie8200 on DKos):
Thank you. I rise in opposition of this bill. I’d like to clarify something. We’re not trying to scare kids. This President’s foreign policy is scaring kids. People are asking, “Why are people believing this big internet hoax?”
Well, these people told us that Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11, same people who told us that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, same people that told us we were going to be able to use the oil for reconstruction money, same people who told us that we were going to be greeted as liberators not occupiers, same people, same President who told us that the Taliban was gone, same President that told us that Poland was our ally two days before they pull their troops out, same President who tells us that Iraq is going just great, same President who tells us that the economy is going just great, same people who told us that the tax cut was going to create millions of jobs, same people who told us that the medicare program was going to cost $400 billion when it really cost $540 billion, so please forgive us for not believing what you’re saying. Please forgive the students of this country for not believing what you’re saying.
Not one thing, not one thing about this war that has been told to the American people or that has been told to these college students has been true. Not one thing. Bremer says we need more troops; the Pentagons says we need more troops. And this President can’t get them from the international community. There’s only one option left. Let’s be honest with the American people. I yield back the balance of my time.