The Costs of War

Re "The Other 1%" [Nov. 21]: I see two ways to have Americans re-engage with their military: blood and money. Blood is the most effective option, but as Mark Thompson points out, the public has no stomach for a renewed draft. Why not then legislate a war surtax for any sustained overseas combat operation, crafted to fully fund that venture and the societal reintegration of the combat troops? Such a law would force a detached populace to focus on the necessity of wars and their socioeconomic consequences.

Michael A. Cuoio, Colonel (ret.), U.S. Air Force, SEQUIM,...

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