In his column in today's Observer, Charley Reese says that when it comes to war, our leaders have become reckless and unaccountable. In other analyses of our penchant for sending our troops into harm’s way, some observers have said the lack of a draft also translates to a general lack of citizen ownership of the war.

It has even been suggested that if a draft had been in effect at the time, our country would never have gone to war in Iraq.

These are certainly commentaries worth chewing on. And whether one thinks that the military draft is a good or a bad thing — whether we need it or not — there is a logic that is undeniable in one argument and that is that in a draft, there is a greater sense of ownership in a war. It’s something inherent in that process. And if there is greater ownership, more voices will be heard, regardless of what they say — for or against.

At one point early on, if the statistics are right, only two of our federal lawmakers had children actively involved in the Iraq war. It may be more now. That might also address the ownership thing as well as the reckless thing and the accountability thing.

So the “ownership” thing is a viable topic when discussing this war.

Another observation we might want to add to this mix is that it seems much easier to get people into a froth about going to war than to get them speaking in the same heavy voice for the effective and adequate treatment of veterans who return maimed. And that thing about ownership may be a factor there as well.

It’s sad to say, but there’s just no romance in a movie about the Veterans Administration or the conditions of its facilities and the quality of those who manage them. To put that another way, John Wayne made a lot of movies about red blood but not any about red tape.

Perhaps if Hollywood had concentrated a bit more on the mending rather than the blowing up, our perceptions might have changed. But then there’s also that argument that Hollywood produces what the public wants to see ... and that may be a sad statement.

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