Friday, December 11, 2009


Richard Allen Smith at VetVoice...
Blackwater Xe is not a private security contracting firm. Call them what they are: mercenaries.
Well, that, and a national disgrace. Even with the back door draft and inadequate dwell times, we can't raise and sustain sufficient forces to pursue our so-called "necessary" war without mercs.

Another reason that I hate what they've done to my Army.

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Anonymous Terry Parkhurst said...

Sadly, it seems the choice is either have mercenaries supplementing our armed forces, or bring back the draft. Given the fact that most of the kids have figured out that dying for either oil, or regimes run by the likes of Mr. Karzi isn't worth it, it's looking as if mercs are going to be the wave of the future.

Then too, you have a Congress that wouldn't even begin to touch the idea of bringing back the draft, especially a truly universal draft; such as Bobby Kennedy espoused, or Michael Moore did - albeit as a ruse - in his film "Fahrenheit 911." Certainly, not with the new year being a mid-term election year.

Maybe Congressman Ron Paul was correct about bringing back letters of marque and reprisal?

8:18 PM  
Anonymous pacnwjay said...

I don't know that it's simply a question of mercenaries vs draft. Our civilian government needs to ask some tough questions:

Is it time to reassess our world role?
Why do we have bases and forces in so many countries?
Is the Pentagon on our side, or the side of the military supply companies?
Do we have an actual GOAL for being in Afg/Pak? Does that goal make any logical sense whatsoever?

3:55 PM  

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