Gary Hart Stumps for Dems: Warns of Draft

Gary Hart has hit the campaign trail. He adds to speculation about a draft:

If the United States wants to keep a strong presence in Iraq, but few volunteer for military service, “What other course is left?” he said. “The only answer is conscription.”

He also blasted Bush's "imperialistic policy."

The war in Iraq was conceived a decade ago by high officials now in the Bush administration, including Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, to establish a democracy in Iraq and use it to moderate the region and eliminate threats to the world oil supply, Hart said. The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were “a smoke screen” to allow the plan to be put into action, Hart said.

More on the war in Iraq:

The war in Iraq was drawn up by a group of Republicans and neoconservatives to shore up the Saudi royal family and offer “some help” to Israel.

Hart on the Patriot Act:

Hart said the Patriot Act was cause “to a degree” of the scandal at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Hart on Bush and the terror war:

He also said the Bush administration has not done enough to secure the nation. On a scale of 1 to 10, Hart said, the effort hovers around 2 and should be 7 or 8, “with all the lights blinking red.”

Is he angling for a Kerry cabinet position? No.

Hart said he had no interest in seeking a cabinet post in a Kerry administration, but he would like to serve as “first friend,” having lunch with Kerry a few times a year and advising him on “how he ought to run the country.”

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