Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Military considers recruiting foreigners

Expedited citizenship would be an incentive.

The idea of signing up foreigners who are seeking US citizenship is gaining traction as a way to address a critical need for the Pentagon, while fully absorbing some of the roughly one million immigrants that enter the United States legally each year.


Of course, Bill Clintons Decline of the military might be one of the causes for this situation.
Eleven straight years of declining military budgets. After adjusting for inflation, it is some 40% less than in 1985 during the second Reagan term.

Defense Secretary William Cohen had become concerned about his budget, and so he called for more base closings—and more money. The Joint Chiefs said that unless funding levels could be increased, some weapons systems or overseas deployments would have to be eliminated. In 1999, the budget was at $250 billion—the same year we were using our military to halt Slobodan Milosevic’s “ethnic cleansing” in Kosovo.

After all, Clinton lived by his slogan: “It’s the economy, stupid!”

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