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Rangel renews call for military draft

Nov. 19, 2006 at 9:02 PM

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., Sunday renewed his call for the United States to reinstate the military draft.

Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," the longtime Harlem congressman said the goal of his plan is to keep the country away from war.

Rangel, incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said a draft would force authorities to consider more seriously beginning military conflicts because of the effect it could have on families.

"There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought their kids in their communities would be placed in harm's way," said Rangel, a Korean War veteran.

About seven in 10 U.S. citizens oppose reinstating draft, recent polls indicate.

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