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Is the United States sealing its fate? This Monday, President Bush addressed U.S. soldiers who later took the oath to become citizens of the United States.  Amongst his comments sits nestled an awesome proposal that will fundamentally change the makeup of the US Armed Services.
President Bust pointed out that about 33,000 non-U.S.. citizens serve in the American armed services. He then went on to say,

"...I signed an executive order making foreign-born members of our military immediately eligible for U.S. citizenship when they serve on active duty. It made sense to me. If somebody is willing to risk their life for our country, they ought to be full participants in our country..."
Historically speaking, this may be the most fundamental act of his presidency, and quite possibly the most important national decision ever taken.
The short term impact is positively genius, in that countless young individuals who have crossed the Mexican border will flock to sign up. The depleted ranks of the Armed Services due to an increasingly unpopular Iraqi war will no longer be a problem. Millions of young Central Americans would more than fill the ranks and take  their chances for the prize of becoming an American Citizen.
Interestingly, this solution has its parallel in Ancient Rome. As Rome moved further from Republic roots and slipping  into empire, the citizen army dwindled, being replaced by foreign mercenaries. Eventually, inevitably, they consumed Rome and put an end to the imperial age.
By using the youth Central America to further the short term goals of the United States may seem convenient in the short run. However, how would such an army fare if it were at any time pointed towards, say, Central America? Could one expect unquestioning loyalty of such an army?

Originally posted to zappedpyramid on Mon Jul 24, 2006 at 11:41 PM PDT.

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  •  The late great Toynbee has much to say (2+ / 0-)
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    thor, JVolvo

    about foreign mercenaries filling the military of the disintigrating empire. It is one of the signs of the disintigration of the civilization. They are taught the latet strategies and weaponry and your question of loyalty is perceptive.

  •  If they don't get across the border but go anyway (1+ / 0-)
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    and then die, this is what happens

    She didn't know it couldn't be done, so she went ahead and did it.

    by Boadicaea on Tue Jul 25, 2006 at 12:32:14 AM PDT

  •  We've got our own mercenaries-- (0+ / 0-)

    and their loyalty is to their contractor.  In fact, the former Navy Seal that is the founder of Blackwater military-for-hire said in an interview that he wanted to have the biggest private army in the world.  He is well on his way.  

    This is the real loyalty of a mercenary, U.S. or non-U.S.--they are there for the money, and maybe because they're the types that thrive on warfare.

    Both, scary situations.

    She didn't know it couldn't be done, so she went ahead and did it.

    by Boadicaea on Tue Jul 25, 2006 at 12:36:06 AM PDT

  •  this solution has its parallel in Ancient Rome. (0+ / 0-)

    In the world of Accounting/Finance it would be called a Ponzi scheme or churning.

    Everything looks good on paper for a while until you finally get a real audit then you're a Worldcom/Enron.

    Made men are not known to be that loyal.

    Remember those in prison as though you were there with them. -7.88,-9.49

    by Kujo AAR on Tue Jul 25, 2006 at 03:56:53 AM PDT

  •  Ended the draft (citizen army) ended America (0+ / 0-)

    Now we are turning the military into a mercenary force by privatizing many of its functions and personnel and filling the boots with foreign troops. When a nation doesm't have to sacrifice in war, then it doesn't pay attention.

    What if everyone had to think, would I personally be willing to die or be maimed in Iraq, or would I send my kid, then there would be responsibility and accountablility. Now, forget it.

    If not now, when? When they come for you, then it will be too late. Shout it from the rooftops, take it to the streets.

    by tjfxh on Tue Jul 25, 2006 at 06:42:03 AM PDT

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