Whitman County Gazette - Serving Whitman County since 1877

By Gordon Forgey
Gazette Publisher 

National service


January 9, 2020

The assassination of Iranian general Oassem Soleimani has caused fear in America. The threat of a war with Iran has been openly discussed. As a result, the internet is abuzz with concerns that the military draft will be reinstated should the situation become worse.

It has been a long time since the draft was relied upon. For decades the country has maintained a volunteer army.

It is unlikely that the draft would be reenacted in this situation, but so many are concerned that the Selective Service website was overwhelmed and crashed.

Obviously, the idea of a draft is not far from people’s m...

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