Charlie Rangel won’t stop talking about the draft. It gets his mug on TV and allows him to hear himself talk. I also think he’s going on the theory that if people hear his drum beat about the draft enough times then maybe they’ll start to believe it. He was on Fox News today pushing his draft idea when he, unsurprisingly, managed to insult our troops in the process. Hot Air has the video. This is what Charlie said:
I want to make it abundantly clear: if there’s anyone who believes that these youngsters want to fight, as the Pentagon and some generals have said, you can just forget about it. No young, bright individual wants to fight just because of a bonus and just because of educational benefits. And most all of them come from communities of very, very high unemployment. If a young fella has an option of having a decent career or joining the army to fight in Iraq, you can bet your life that he would not be in Iraq.
So according to Rep. Rangel, those who are in the military must be there because they’re losers who can’t get decent careers. Nice, Charlie.
This is on the heals of his appearance on CNN in which he offered a garbled argument about Iraq not being a legitimate war because people aren’t drawn by patriotism to volunteer for national security reasons but instead are lured by incentives. Yeah, I know. My head hurts from just writing it.