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US soldiers in combat could use an assist from a civilian workforce while trying to rebuild war-torn nations, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.
Speaking at a town hall in Racine, Wisconsin, Obama called for sending a "civilian expeditionary force" to Afghanistan and Iraq to help overburdened military troops build infrastructure. His remarks were first reported by The Associated Press.
Department of Defense Directive 1404.10, dated January 23, 2009, set up a "Civilian Expeditionary Workforce" that would "be organized, trained, cleared, equipped, and ready to deploy in support of combat operations by the military; contingencies; emergency operations; humanitarian missions; disaster relief; restoration of order; drug interdiction; and stability operations."
Originally posted by LadySkadi
The Army Corps. of Engineers is over there and that is one of the missions.
To help with engineering and develop projects. I wouldn't exactly call them "slave labor"
Obama called for sending a "civilian expeditionary force" to Afghanistan and Iraq to help overburdened military troops build infrastructure
Originally posted by earthdude
Everything is getting privatized. Now our military is being privatized. A strange form of socialism that has never been tried. Sending in the non-experts is not a good idea. Imagine if you were drafted to be the president of the United States.
It just seems odd to me that he would want to send in people who are (I'm assuming) not going to be as well trained as the military to function in what is still a very dangerous area.
Also, this smells more and more like pure colonization to me too. Get more people over there for cross-assimilation. How's that working our for the U.S. and it's interventionalist policies in the Middle East so far. Do we just not get that they don't WANT us there? It's a simple concept.
Originally posted by camaro68ss
Code words for Draft?
Originally posted by RestingInPieces
Code word for "We need actual skilled professional with years of experience, who weren't hastily trained by the military. Sure, there i s a chance you could get hit by an IED, bombed, or shot, but you'll be getting paid 200,000 a year."