Iraq War Hinders Domestic Crime Fighting
Matt Yglesias observes that, “one effect of the Iraq War has been to take a lot of cops out of the field fighting crime at home and send them to Iraq as Army Reserve and National Guard members instead. That’s hardly a knock-down argument against the war, but it’s a reminder that these visions of endless ‘strategic patience’ don’t come without cost.”
While that’s certainly true, it would likewise be the case if said reservists were off chasing Nazis.
Perhaps the take-home here is that cops ought be prohibited from having second jobs that might require years-long deployments overseas? We don’t allow, for example, FBI agents or CIA officers to simultaneously serve in the National Guard.