In deploying an all-volunteer army to fight two ongoing wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has increasingly relied on prescription drugs to keep its warriors on the front lines. In recent years, the number of military prescriptions for antidepressants, sleeping pills, and painkillers has risen as soldiers come home with battered bodies and troubled minds. And many of those service members are then sent back to war theaters in distant lands with bottles of medication to fortify them.
Superiors are continuing to put soldiers back out on the battlefield, unfit to fight because the military is stressed to the breaking point with not enough soldiers to adequately perform the tasks at hand.
Given the muscularity of Obama's foreign policy commitments, don't be terribly surprised to see the re-institution of the draft under his watch.