I have been writing for years about the disconnect between the public and the military. It is so bad that war and troops deaths is nothing more than a fluff piece in the evening news.
The public turns a blind eye to all the conflicts we are fighting these days because there is NO shared experience…..it effects less than 5% of the population.
Although I am antiwar ….I have come down on the side of returning to the days of conscription (that is the draft for you Trump supporters)……
As the wars drag on more and more people are starting to see the need to return to the days of conscription…..
Each year as they testify before congress, America’s armed service chiefs roll out pleas for the latest technology ‘essential’ to confront a predictable cast of global boogeymen. A pessimist could accuse them of using such testimony to scare congress and the public into supporting their slice of annual defense budgets. A pessimist could justify his position by pointing out the testimony’s conspicuous omission of conscription, essential to victory against any one or combination of Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. While the technology of warships, aircraft and combat vehicles trotted out during testimony season is impressive, it can only give America an edge. Nations win wars on an irresistible wave of resources. America must therefore either include conscription into any discourse about confronting Russia, China, North Korea or Iran, or stop talking about confronting them.
America’s approach to warfare has changed for the worse. Current conflicts indicate a disturbing satisfaction with stalemate as a substitute for victory. America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan offer abject lessons about a national strategy unready to win a global war, much less isolated regional engagements. The stalemate in both conflicts betrays America’s inability to translate success and sacrifice at the tactical and operational level into anything close to strategic victory. America’s powerlessness to generate the political will for victory emboldens adversaries and exposes significant strategic vulnerabilities.
If we must fight these damn silly wars then we need to make the sacrifice of our troops and their families a shared experience….I am NOT a warmonger! Something has to give….we are asking too much of the pool of soldiers we now have…….
That means a return to the DRAFT!