On his first day as President, Jimmy Carter pardoned 100,000 Vietnam war draft dodgers. Had these folks opted to go to jail instead of Canada, perhaps the war would have ended sooner. Will never know but for this reason they should not have been pardoned but had there sentences commuted instead.
Because of Vietnam President Nixon opted to disconnect the military from civilians and created a professional army instead. This made it all too easy for the idiot W to be able send them to Iraq. I remember non-vet Cheney saying that unlike him they had volunteered to serve. Had the draft existed it would have been way more difficult for Speaker Pelosi, Senator’s Clinton, Kerry and Biden to vote for the Iraqi war declaration.
And that is all I’m going to say about that.