I read Stephen Kinzer’s “How to end an endless war” (Ideas, Oct. 29) with hope that melted into despair. Kinzer wrote about war resolutions and Congress reasserting its responsibilities. Alas, there is only one way to end these futile wars: Reinstitute the military draft, so that our children and grandchildren are threatened with death or prosthetics.
The Vietnam experience convinced Congress that most Americans would not tolerate having their children fight in endless wars in strange countries, and conscription ended in January 1973. The United States moved to an all-volunteer military. Do we have the will to face the truth? I doubt it.
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