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Question: Are We Involved in Backdoor Draft?

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Almost from the beginning of the conflict in Iraq, there has been an irresistable temptation to find, or refute, similarities to the one 40 years earlier in Vietnam. There is one distinct difference, though. In the 1960s, as the fighting in Southeast Asia ramped up, conscription was clearly on the minds of American men of Selective Service age. Many accepted the "Greetings" when they came; many even enlisted. But others sought deferments as students or conscientious objectors. Some burned their draft cards, some went to prison and some just fled the country. Despite all the resistance, President Lyndon Johnson could keep replenishing and enlarging the U.S. troop presence in Vietnam, thanks to the draft. Today, there is no draft. Or is there? -- Spokesman-Review.

Question: Do you think the Bush Administration is treating voluntary troops unfairly by forcing them to remain in the service after enlistment periods expire?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.