The Sacrifice of War

In a recent NYT article, Thom Shanker exposed what will only become an increasing problem as the continued military operations abroad drag on interminably. Soldiers, officers are becoming increasingly cantankerous and resentful at being ordered to fight wars on behalf of an increasingly unappreciative public and civilian government.

Shanker points out that the soldiers are beginning to ask questions; like, "if America is truly on a war footing, why is so little sacrifice asked of the nation at large?" There is no draft, there is no initiative from either Rs or Ds in government to establish a war tax, there are no gasoline rationing measures being bandied about.

How long can Bush maintain constant war before the military breaks down and confronts him directly?

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