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The Empire Fights Back with Green Card Mercenaries
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December 27, 2006, 07:25 PM
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Bryan Bender writes at the Boston Globe

The armed forces, already struggling to meet recruiting goals, are considering expanding the number of noncitizens in the ranks — including disputed proposals to open recruiting stations overseas and putting more immigrants on a faster track to US citizenship if they volunteer — according to Pentagon officials.

Foreign citizens serving in the US military is a highly charged issue, which could expose the Pentagon to criticism that it is essentially using mercenaries to defend the country. Other analysts voice concern that a large contingent of noncitizens under arms could jeopardize national security or reflect badly on Americans` willingness to serve in uniform.

Now, the US military has done this sort of thing for a while. (See Abolishing America (contd.): Foreign Legions?)

Now, my own take on this: if the US can`t recruit US citizens into the military, maybe, just maybe there is a reason. Maybe these citizens don`t really feel their government is protecting the interests of their families and communities.

I`m personally disgusted at the tendency of the US government to spend hundreds billions of dollars in the Middle East—while failing to properly develop energy resources in the US-or even provide serious incentives in that area. Playing shell games by handing out immigration rights to mecenaries adds to that disgust—and I won`t be encouraging my son or relatives to volunteer for this particular crusade.

This story was also covered by Tom Reagan at the Christian Science Monitor.