Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Senator Barack Obama on Military Recruiting

Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama (IL) says this about National Service on his website:

Strengthen the Military: Our country's greatest military asset is the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States. Barack Obama will work to solve the military's recruitment and retention crisis by asking Americans to serve in the military, increasing the size of the Army by 65,000 troops and the Marines by 27,000 troops, and properly training and equipping our troops to face the battles of the 21st Century. [ . . . ]

OYE Comment:

That says it all. We welcome submissions from all candidates on how they plan to address our military recruiting crisis. In fact, there's nothing preventing any candidate, including Senator Obama, from asking Americans to serve in our military right now.


At 06 December, 2007 03:39, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since Mr. Obama is so willing to ask other Americans to serve in the armed forces, one must ask what HIS military service was.

At 06 December, 2007 10:19, Blogger Karl said...

anonymous (06 December, 2007 03:39)-

It is my understanding that Mr. Obama has not served in our military.

At 07 December, 2007 09:40, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Join the UMass Republican Club for yet another lively and edifying political discussion on the costs, necessities, consequences, and benefits of war. A question and answer session will be administered after the initial lecture.

Jonah Goldberg, 38, is a rising star in the conservative intellectual movement as the editor-at-large for National Review Online and a contributing editor for National Review.

Goldberg's assertion that he can't join because he has a daughter and can't afford the cut in pay just 'bout says it all begs up the question about who benefits from war.

At 08 December, 2007 20:03, Anonymous Mitchell (United States Navy) said...

Barack Obama's lack of military service shouldn't make his influence for increasing recruiment less worthy. Some of our parents and loved ones support our decisions to join and fight for the United States, so why can't he. I feel that Barack Obama is sincere on his request for strenghtening the military, I've witnessed his presence at a military installation. That kind of appearence dramatic and proves his urge for correcting the recruiting crisis.

At 21 February, 2008 01:09, Anonymous Anonymous said...

while I appreciate your concern of our citizens I would like to point out three things:
1) Despite the complete lack of justice or reverence for the Geneva Convention, we are involved in a war. We are one of the final superpowers, and one day we will fall.
2) Encouraging citizens to join the military is not pro-war its patriotic. All countries rely on their citizens for defense and it is the only way to avoid a draft.
3) Obama voted NO for every bill that would allow the US to enter Iraq, to increase troops, or to increase funding for the military.
In order to be proactive, we must first be well informed.


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