There was another interesting point of agreement between Colonel Moten and General Myers at the UNC-Chapel Hill conference on civil-military relations. Moten said he thought it would be useful "if we returned to something like the draft," so American parents "would have skin in the game for this foreign policy."
Later in the session, Myers said, "The draft comment is interesting [and]... has some merit." I think this is the first time I've ever heard a general lend any sort of support for restarting conscription.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.