Perhaps the dumbest column ever, this from Thomas Ricks who apparently actually gets paid for his opinions by the Washington Post:
Since the end of the military draft in 1973, every person joining the U.S. armed forces has done so because he or she asked to be there. Over the past decade, this all-volunteer force has been put to the test and has succeeded, fighting two sustained foreign wars with troops standing up to multiple combat deployments and extreme stress. This is precisely the reason it is time to get rid of the all-volunteer force. It has been too successful. Our relatively small and highly adept military has made it all too easy for our nation to go to war — and to ignore the consequences.
Good idea. Let's screw the finest military in the world in order to . . . . what, make sure we don't use it anymore? In order to insure our soldiers, less professional, take far higher casualties? This really is stupidity on steroids. Ricks has to take some sort of award for this one.