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.