Bob Herbert doesn't think so. In his column in today's New York Times, he states:
If we had a draft — or merely the threat of a draft — we would not be in Iraq or Afghanistan. But we don’t have a draft so it’s safe for most of the nation to be mindless about waging war. Other people’s children are going to the slaughter.
It's a good point to consider.
How many of us really have skin in the game? Is it real to us? Or, are the wars just another topic for discussion at dinner?
If I or my brothers or cousins or friends could be conscripted into military service, would I be actively pushing for an end to U.S. military involvement in those war zones?
Or, at least, would I (we?) be paying closer attention?