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The Militarization of our Republic?

Government Executive posted an article on President Bush’s call for the creation of a “Civilian Reserve Corps” “…to ease the burden on the military…”. It was mentioned in his State of the Union address, Tuesday.

“Such a corps would function much like our military reserve. It would ease the burden on the Armed Forces by allowing us to hire civilians with critical skills to serve on missions abroad when America needs them. It would give people across America who do not wear the uniform a chance to serve in the defining struggle of our time. ”

There are many ways a person can serve his country. Federal Depository Librarians, for example. Or just an ordinary citizen taking up an issue, commenting on Rulemaking, and so on. Serving or supporting the military often is made out to be the primary way “to serve your country’ but it’s not. The military is just one of many –and certainly has the greatest sacrifice and risk. What would happen if we mobilized a “Citizen’s Government Oversight Corps”, asking people to serve 3-4 years engaging in executive and legislative branch activities?

I wonder if there are any implications of international military “law” involving civilians in harms way. If your adversary is using the tactic of terrorism, the theatre is anywhere. We already have a great deal of commercial interests involved in supporting military. This is just not enough, certainly in our present foreign adventures, and this initiative confirms our military’s lack of resources to accomplish all its aims (at the direction of the current executive). I wonder where this initiative will go and whether it is wise.

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