U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday that reinstitution of the draft is not being considered by the Bush administration.
Rumsfeld said the nation's military force is more than adequate to meet the demands of the war in Iraq and that a redistribution of military personnel is being studied instead.
The secretary was speaking to editors and publishers attending a joint meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Newspaper Association of America in Washington, D.C. He was responding to a question about recent discussion in Congress regarding the draft, and was asked how the growing needs of the war would otherwise be fulfilled.
He said a complement of over 1 million men and women are enlisted, many of whom could be reassigned, and noted that the current deployment to Iraq involves just 150,000 troops. He compared the military resources to a barrel of water with the spigot set to high. "We need to lower the spigot," he said.