The folks who make the decision to send the troops to war should have to deal with the impact, as well.
As it is now, the military is typically a place where kids end up who don't have a lot of options if they want to make something of their life. They tend to come from poor families and view the military as a way to get training for future careers or money to pay for college. It's a lot easier to sign off on invading another country or two when you're only sacrificing the bottom of the social class barrel.
Congress and Washington need to feel like going to war is going to impact their kids, their family, and all of their voters and voters' kids before they make that decision.
As it is, they can simply sell it to the American people as a drive-through operation they can check out on CNN before going to bed. 99% of the country gets to be detached from it all. War and Combat shouldn't be that way.
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