We grumble over the tab racked up from ill-advised wars. We get angry when companies profit so mightily from those war efforts. But, then we go back to what we were doing. This leads to a system where the children of people who have little option but to send their kids into the military are abused by saber rattlers who start a fight without any idea how to complete it. This leads to a system where veterans of unpopular engagements come back home injured and are largely ignored as somebody else's problem. All too many such wounded warriors end up on the streets homeless, which is a disgrace to their service and our nation. We have to be better than all this.
So, in an election year, any election year, don't vote for that eager candidate who is so interested in sending someone else's kids (other than their own or their friends) into harm's way. Vote against the candidate who is way too free and easy with calling for more "boots on the ground." We need a better way to deal with the dangerous people of this world. It will be a multi-pronged approach. It won't be simple. But it will lead to fewer flag-draped coffins coming home and fewer wounded warriors living alone on our city streets. That's worth fighting for.
For a couple of articles on this topic, see: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2015/05/military-draft/394133/ and http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/06/the_allvolunteer_military_too_much_from_too_few.html
For another political opinion post, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2016/03/mirror-mirrorpolitical-hostility-five.html