Author Blames Lack of Draft for Blackwater's Rise
In the 1960s, one of the key rallying points that led to the organization of the modern liberal movement was resistance to the military draft and the Vietnam War.
But Jeremy Scahill, a fellow at the liberal Nation Institute and author of âBlackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army,â a book highly critical of the defense contractor, took a very ironic stance on the reinstitution of a draft in a recent appearance. He blamed the governmentâs reluctance to use a military draft for the rise of private defense contractors.
âIt [the governmentâs use of Blackwater and other contractors] also helps to keep a draft off the table,â Scahill said June 5 at Busboys & Poets books shop in Arlington, Va. âI can almost guarantee you if there were a draft in this country, people would stop watching Britney Spears checking into rehab clinic and would probably be out in the streets because many, many more
âSo this is a way of doubling, effectively, the size of the
Scahill said he was not a proponent of a draft, and that he would be a modern-day draft-dodger if it were reinstituted.
âIf there was a draft, I think it would make the war politically untenable pretty fast,â said Scahill. â[B]lackwater benefits from a lack of a draft.â
âIn fact, Iâve had guys say to me, âWe keep you from having to go to war,â you know guys who work for those companies. In way, itâs true, but I wouldnât go to that war even if I was drafted,â Scahill concluded.