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Washington Post Non-Story On The Draft

The Post has a huge non-story by Tom Ricks on the almost impossible set of circumstances under which a draft could happen…but the story is actually about the draft happening.

Titled “Small Minority Says Draft Could Happen” the story proceeds to feature the thoughts of a half dozen former Army officers of good intent, but little or no influence (Majors, retired Lieutenant Colonels, etc) who muse on the possible, but barely probable chain of events that could lead to a draft.

All very factually correct (yes, that’s why we keep the Selective Service System around – just in case), but containing so many what ifs, minority opinions, and caveats that it becomes an enormous half-page non-story.

So, perhaps I’m just paranoid, but why would the Post run a non-story about the draft six days before the election?

I wonder if other urban myths will get this sort of treatment?

“Small Minority Says Redskins Could Run the Table and Win the Superbowl….”

John Hillen, a former Assistant Secretary of State, is the James C. Wheat Professor in Leadership at Hampden-Sydney College’s Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest, and a member of the NR, Inc. Board of Directors.