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Response to MADem (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 2, 2013, 06:13 AM

8. I've thought what you said over.

I am OK with the new professional Army (AVF), I met many fine officers who came out of that, before it was too corrupted, what I am not OK with is private Armies (Blackwater or whatever they call themselves now) or large standing forces and a MIC roaming the world looking for trouble. What we need (IMHO) is a trained professional cadre, all the time, and enough draftees to keep them busy and proficient, and us ready to deal with minor problems without training up a real army.

Edit: the draftees, once out again, form a ready reserve, spread military knowledge around, etc. We had a whole bunch of ex-Gi's running around after WWII, and it was not a bad thing. It keeps the connection between the public and the military clear and open. You don't want a whole bunch of people who think war is their key to success. We need to find economically productive uses for most people, not dump them in the military because the private sector is too greedy to give them decent work.

I have been amazed that the numbnuts in DC do not understand the danger that private armies (Mercs) and the obese security apparatus we have constructed pose to THEM. History is not ambiguous about where these things wind up.

We also need to rebuild our own nation before the issue becomes moot. We are not doing well, as a nation.

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