Let's face it, the all volunteer army has been a disaster. By now, you've heard the report by some army officials requesting a surge for the surge. I don't think it's fair that on an issue as serious as the Iraq war only a tiny majority of American households absorb its misery. Democrats and Republicans alike say they "support the troops," but is that merely a copout excusing them from aiding their nation? For the first time ever in U.S. history, the people who clean the armies plates, do the laundry, cook the food etc are contract workers. In fact, there are 165,000 contract workers supplementing American soldiers in Iraq. These American workers make more money than soldiers in combat and have also absorbed 1,000 deaths and thousands wounded. If the war continues, that means soldiers currently in Iraq will have tours beyond, according to internal armed forces assesments, what the human mind can take. I think these unique attributes to the Iraq war has made it almost make believe to most American households. It's 'something that happens to other families.' I don't think it's fair. A Democrat or Republican can never be serious when he or she says "they support the troops" and not also support a draft. Every American household should realize war is not make believe. This is a lesson that cannot be told, but rather only shown: by way of a notice from the defense department ordering your attendance at a military base. War is a serious matter and when your nation gets involved, so do you.