“”We fight undeclared wars without asking for sacrifice from the general population. When these conflicts result in high debt and deficits, a potential majority of “consumers” will vote for a party that proposes solving the fiscal problem by eliminating help for the poor, privatizing Social Security, eradicating Medicare, selling the public schools to the highest sleazy bidder, generally shredding the social compact and destroying the commons. It’s easy to “support the troops” or let wars paid for by borrowed money from the Red Chinese drag on for years, when you don’t have any skin in the game. That skin includes even paying attention. What are our aims in these wars? In this massive Military-Industrial Complex?