posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 01:27 AM
I don't think research is going to solve this one. It's something new and we don't yet know where it's going. What Obama said about the civilian
force during the campaign was campaign rhetoric, just as closing Gitmo immediately was rhetoric. Now that he understands the situaton he admits it
might take his whole first term to get it closed. We know he wants a civilian force. As far as I can tell, Americorps is not funded by Dept of
Defense. I'm not saying that Americorps and others aren't great programs but I just don't think this is really the force Obama has in mind. He
might not know himself what he has in mind. He'll just know when he needs it.
I know that Obama's team maintains touch with the giant database of citizens who supported him during the campaign and is now asking them in what
ways they want to serve. The economy being what it is, I'm not sure that large numbers of people are in a position to do volunteer work for extended
period of time. The Obama campaign proved that such a database is very powerful in engaging support in a large number of people. Maybe he wants an
extension of something like that, a force that can be used wherever they are needed to do whatever is needed. I'm not suggesting anything sinister,
just that it's nice to have an army of unarmed people to go do what needs to be done. As for it being a volunteer force, I can't see that happening,
and if it's going to be a paid force, then the funding must go through Congress though of course it could always be tacked onto some bill to declare
Feb 10 national chewing gum day or something.
As for the assertion that the MSM wouldn't miss anything as important as this, please. They missed everything about Obama during the campaign and
have a vested interest in continuing their support to prove they were right him.
Given how our elected officials have been acting, it is only prudent to watch their every move and try to figure out what they are up to.