If the United States practiced universal (men and women of qualified ages with no religious, education, or loop hole deferments) conscription the United States would be involved in far, far, far, far, far fewer conflicts, military actions, invasions and wars than it is now involved in. NO FORTUNATE SONS.
I met one Congressman's nephew stateside. He was actually a nice guy. He was straight up about the fact that he skated in his duty assignments and would not ship over to Vietnam because of his uncle. In Vietnam I never never knew anyone who was a fortunate son. No sons of rich, famous, ultra-monied, politically powerful, CEO's. Never happen. Somehow the people who most benefit from U.S. armed intervention never allow themselves or their family members to be in harm's way. The ones who give the orders are not the ones who die. Imagine that.
VP Biden gets tremendous respect from me for having a son who served in Iraq.
"When Faith preaches Hate, Blessed are the Doubters." - Amin Maalouf