I'm not all that sure I even agree with the apparent premise. It seems like there's some concern that rich legislators whose sons are typically not in the military would be more inclined to send that anonymous military into harm's way. The situation reminds me of one where you have the option of using deadly force when being mugged. You don't have a lot of time to think about it, but when the situation for the use is correct, then, by all means, it should be used, and immediately. You and I agree that the situation in Iraq doesn't meet that criterion, but for purposes of this discussion, let's just say it wasn't the best possible decision.Originally posted by OperaTenor:
I was afraid that implication would be assumed. Don't really mean it that way, just noting the apparent situation. I don't know what the answer to the ambivalence toward the sanctity of human life is, but I'm loth to promote conscription as the solution.
I would be just as afraid of a legislator who was timid about using the military because his son would be at risk as I would be about one who felt no reason not to use the military because his family was not at risk.
There's a difference between a mercenary (who may well be highly skilled, because he knows his profession and the reasons to acquire expertise) and a dishwasher who happens to have to carry a rifle.Originally posted by OperaTenor:
I understand what you're saying when it comes to the $hit jobs. Nevertheless, when it comes to crunch time, I wouldn't trust a merc with my life.
At this point, we have a professional standing military. I don't have data that says how many of them would have not joined, or quit early, if they had been forced to pull KP, etc., but even though I was an NCO, the simple threat of it was an element of my deciding to rejoin civillian life.Originally posted by OperaTenor:
I guess my preference is to have a professional, standing military, and not have to rely on reserves. What is currently happening to our reservists is unfair, personally and professionally. I for one, am willing to shell out the tax money to make it happen. Our military deserves adequate compensation for their willingness to sacrifice.