Congressman Buck McKeon Claims Cutting Defense Spending Could Mean Reviving Conscription


House Armed Services Committee chairman and scaremongering spendaholic Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Ca.) went all out last night in defense of preserving every blood-soaked cent in the DOD's budget. Take it away, AP

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon warned about cuts beyond the $350 billion that President Barack Obama and Congress agreed to in the debt accord this past summer. A special bipartisan committee is looking at another $1.5 trillion cut in all government spending, with defense as part of the mix.

McKeon said in an interview with Fox News on Monday that the cuts could result in 200,000 fewer service members and asked "do we want to reinstitute the draft?"

More Reason on conscription: Matt Welch on the Left's push for a draft in 2005, Julian Sanchez on the Left's push for a draft in 2004, and Rick Henderson on the bipartisan push for a draft in 1999