It seems to me that the only moral way to wage a non-defensive war–like Iraq, for example–would be to ask for volunteers, even among our volunteer forces. If enough willing and able military personnel, at every necessary rank and within every required specialty, stepped forward to take up the fight–then off they go–with both our blessings and our explosive ordnance.
And if they changed their minds–back they come.
The command hierarchy of the armed forces is vital in a coordinated defense of our country. But in strategic assaults upon a foreign aggressor, it may not be necessary that all hands are on deck, so to speak. Even a few dedicated drone operators, today, might make a world of difference.
Of course, no such volunteers would be permitted to act contrary to official U.S. foreign policy. And the President, as Commander-in-Chief, could call them off at any time. But in the interim, we wouldn’t be ordering young Americans to swap their lives for the lives of citizens from another sovereign nation.