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Building New Armies Builds World Peace?

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"In recent history, how often have nations traveled thousands of miles from home to win a war in someone else's backyard? I think, Mr. President, that without a dramatically different plan and some luck, this war will look a lot like Vietnam."

"Radically different is what I'm thinking about. I'm thinking about backing up our special forces, our drones, our technology, with another big army."

"How big will this army be?"

"After several years of building it, it'll be 1 million strong."

"Mr. Pres., to raise that size army you'll need a draft. Don't you think that will raise quite a political ruckus?"

"I don't think a draft will be needed to build this army."

"How do you figure, Mr. President?"

"There is a pent-up desire to serve in America. There is a need for jobs. We just need to ask Americans to serve, incentivize their service, and verify that their service will win hearts and minds and make America and the world stronger."

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"Mr. President, don't you think getting Americans to build a new army to go to war almost a decade after the purported attackers have disappeared will not be an easy task, especially when they're tired of war. Tired of trying to build someone else's nation?"

"Yes, this is why Americans will respond to this 21st century army."

"So, explain this envisioned army to me, Mr. President."

"It was introduced to me during the campaign by a California citizens group called People's Lobby."

"Ah, reverting to community organizers for some answers, are you?"

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A slight smile crosses the President's face as he says, "Some good things can come from community organizers, you know."

"Community organizers from hip California are proposing an army?'

"They are called People's Lobby. They've drafted legislation that they are calling on Congress to introduce and enact what they call the American World Service Corps. I like the name.

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Dwayne served in the Peace Corps in the slums of Mumbai, India, worked several Habitat Projects, and was on the start-up team of the California Conservation Corps. He has a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, has been a builder, teacher, (more...)

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