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Thu Sep 22, 2022, 09:47 PM

The Draft: PUTIN has blundered into unlearning what American NeoCons used in Iraq/Afghanistan

Using only anecdotal projection (as opposed to research of some sort), I postulate that:

* a significant part of the country's turning against the Vietnam War was opposition to the Draft, more than being anti-war or even the exposing of the deceptions of it all.

* The American NeoCons, in mounting their long dreamed of Iraq Attack, congealed their strategy from their lesson learned from Vietnam: The Draft is a lightning rod for dissent and opposition to whatever war - with other auxiliary issues for opposing ("peace", anti-war, unjust war) being covers, window dressing, multipliers for the main opposition (the Draft).

So, the NeoCons cut a Draft for Iraq *out* of the picture: All-volunteer troops, necessitating multiple tours of duty because of needed more numbers, as opposed to the one-year tour in Vietnam.

*** So here comes PUTEEN in desperation to salvage his emerging disaster, needing to bolster his forces, and falling into the trap of thinking that rounding up bodies will become an overpowering military machine.

Uh, Draftees tend to be less militaristic, more civilian disposed, anti-AUTHORITY, less disciplined, more skeptical, perhaps more educated, less impressed with military ritual/tradition/indoctrination, etc. But above all, mostly just do NOT WANT TO BE THERE. And the momentum is for plain opposition to the war, spreading exponentially through families and communities.

So, we're seeing Russian potential draftees and their families resisting loudly and fleeing the country. If those who stay behind favored the war the Draft would not be needed.

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Thu Sep 22, 2022, 11:46 PM

1. I largely agree with you. I think, however, the pressure that will make a difference . . . .

. . . . will be from mothers, wives, girlfriends, and - yes - children.

Easy enough to control conscripts by any one of various means. A sufficient critical mass from that group will be hard to reach.

Critical mass from the "left behinds" will be much easier to achieve. Pissed off moms can become an unstoppable force.

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