As to screwing up over in Iraq/Afghanistan, I figured that going in. Hell, Papa Bush took a lot of flack for not going to Baghdad, but he was right, and I agreed w/ the decision back then. Now it's coming out that Iran's nuke program is looking far more dangerous then Iraq's was (after '98), and we are stretched way to thin to do anything. Even if we instituted the draft tomorrow, we'd never have a couple, three hundred thousand trained troops trained and equipped in time to do much. Besides, based on the incarceration rate and the obesity level, can we even find that many young men qualified? Oh, and let's not forget how dumbed down most of the young kids are nowadays, I don't know if you could train them effectively as anything but cannon fodder, which we don't really need over there, but then, it would be an effective way of dealing with the unemployment problem. Just incarcerate 20% of are nation's youth (how about them steroids?), draft 20% and ship them into the theater, and a suffer high casualty rate. It would certainly allow those remaining home a better chance at employment. And, there will be all those weapon systems to manufacture...hell, it will be like WWII; it'll pull us out of the recession. Maybe it never was about oil, maybe it was always a way to deal with un-employment?