30,000 U.S. military troops not citizens
UPI – April 5, 2005
More than 20,000 military personnel have become U.S. citizens since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to the Pentagon.
Another 5,000 have applications pending for citizenship, with that process being expedited for military members, shortening the wait from about nine months to 60 days.
There are still about 30,000 active duty and 11,000 Guard and Reserve personnel in the military who are not U.S. citizens, according to Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel David Chu. He testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee on personnel issues facing the military.
The above report was barely remarked on by media pundits, maybe because it is a political embarrasment. For the American military has been employing the services of over 60,000 non-US citizens in its “War-on-Terror” since September 11, 2001, using the prospect of citizenship as an inducement to aid recruitment.
This has two major benefits for the Bush administration. Firstly, if a non-US citizen is killed while in active service, the authorities are not duty bound to acknowledge his death. Thus allowing them to minimise actual casualty figures. If needs be, the bodies of non-US citizen casualties can simply be dumped, which may account for reports of mass graves containing the bodies of US service personnel in Iraq.
Secondly, it allows the Bush administration to sustain casualties in wars that may well become politically unpopular at home.
Like Rome before it, America is now employing foreigners for its overseas campaigns. In effect, it is employing the services of mercenaries to fight its colonial wars.
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Last updated 11/04/2005