OYE 102: Full Disclosure by Pro-War Pundits
Our volunteer Army's largest recruiting shortfall since 1979 means that continued U.S. military engagement in Iraq and elsewhere will succeed, or fail, on Americans' willingness to serve.
Healthy heterosexuals age 18-39 (soon to be 41-or-under) are eligible and should visit their local recruiting station. Even if an individual volunteer is not accepted for military service, Your Country Thanks You for your courage in stepping forward.
Media credibility requires full disclosure of relevant personal circumstances. Pundits supporting the war who are eligible to serve must disclose whether they - personally - have considered volunteering, and if not, why not; what resulted from those deliberations? Those not eligible must disclose whether they have encouraged their relatives and friends, or circle of influence, to consider serving, and if not, why not; what resulted from those conversations? 'No objection to asking the same questions of anyone, pro or con, opining on the war in Iraq. [Cindy Sheehan has already Answered The Question. What about you?]
Americans must volunteer to serve in our Army. Anyone who supports the war only if "other people" actually fight it does not, in fact, support the war at all. Newspaper readers and other media audiences have the right to know of personal conflicts of interest of commentators supporting the war who refuse to share the sacrifices they urge only on other Americans, not on themselves.