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— our elected lead­ers have still asked us to pay no price, to bear no bur­den. Just slap a "Sup­port Our Troops" sticker on the SUV and mum­ble an empty "thank you for your ser­vice" to the limp­ing stranger in uni­form at the air­port.

Where is our pa­tri­o­tism, yours and mine, to de­mand that our lead­er­ship im­pose upon us taxes to pay for the wars waged in our name so that we do not self­ishly shift all the bur­den for pay­ing the tril­lions in costs to our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren? Does any­one se­ri­ously doubt that if this na­tion to­day had a mil­i­tary draft — with no col­lege or oc­cu­pa­tional de­fer­ments — that com­manded into ser­vice the sons and daugh­ters of CEOs, of sen­a­tors, of talk show pa­tri­ots and of the pres­i­dent of the United States, univer­sity cam­puses and the in­flu­en­tial among the priv­i­leged elite would be loudly protest­ing send­ing any more Amer­i­cans into wars with no end?

Thank you, John McCain, for re­mind­ing us, by the coura­geous ex­am­ple of your prin­ci­pled lead­er­ship, of the Amer­i­can value that war truly does de­mand equal­ity of sac­ri­fice.

To find out more about Mark Shields and read his past col­umns, visit the Creators Syn­di­cate web­page at

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