Stars Earn Strips could have gone differently. Imagine if the "mission" were to put out a fire or rescue people from a storm. Or the mission could have been to save our atmosphere. Or how about a mission to see who is fastest at building the fastest and most energy efficient trains? Or . . . anything useful in any way!
The excitement (such as it is) of NBC's "reality show" lies precisely in its being "reminiscent" of war, and not of some beneficial project. And yet it is not war. And it may be doomed to low ratings. If it were war, however, its ratings wouldn't necessarily rise. Americans don't want to see families slaughtered, children mutilated, whole regions of the world ruined for human life, refugees struggling to survive, cluster bombs and depleted uranium killing for generations. What's fun about that?
If NBC would like to show the uglier side of war, we've provided resources to get them started at http://StarsEarnStripes.org