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Despite David Murray letter's expression of surprise and dismay (01/08/07 ID), recruiting foreigners to serve in the US military is nothing new. The Philippines actually has a quota of people it can send up for slots in the US Navy every year. Further, picking a recruit from Baghdad would likely flag that person as someone who has already risked life, limb and family to assist the US. I'd expect that such a person would be far less likely to roll a grenade into a command tent than many native-born American recruits. To avoid the sort of penetration Mr. Murray's letter fears, we would have to avoid recruiting people with significant foreign entanglements. But by avoiding the foreign born, and the foreign, the US military would simply replicate the policy of the State Department, which kept the foreign service almost exclusively the proving of graduates of the Ivy Leagues, with devastating effects on it's ability to predict the behavior of foreigners. Accepting some risk of people in uniform being at risk of manipulation because of threats to their families and conflicted loyalties is a rational risk to take, because the specialized skills, knowledge and commitment of such recruits vastly improves our military's skill pool. The risk from recruiting foreigners is likely far smaller than it is perceived to be, as serving in the military is not terribly remunerative, and there would be a lag of years before any plant could start sending out useful intelligence to our opponents. As for the "oxymoron", military intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agencies seem to have a better track record than any of our civilian intelligence agencies, with the possible exception of the DEA, certainly they do better in terms of avoiding meaningful penetration by hostile entities.
Honza Prchal, Esq.
David Murray's summary of Pentagon alternatives for alien recruitment was educational (01/08/07 ID). His letter did not mention one other power that I have seen the Pentagon exercise. That power is a waiver of the documented requirement for aliens in the US in cases where the skill set of the alien is essential to military operations. I do not know the limits of this waiver option but I have had a client who benefited by it.
Paul Good, Esq.
As a tool to righting the injustice of American immigration, I do not understand the point of Bill Dahl's poem, Immigrace-un" (01/08/07 ID), which seems to make a lot of assumptions, and which has several catchy lines. I especially like, "Unjust policies that can be slain with love" and find that concept very powerful. I just can't seem justification for putting it to practice in resolving America's immigration problems. The "Unabated cries of those in need" should be addressed not by America, but by any country from which economic refugees flee to the United States. As to "Uncomfortable adjustments required to do what's right" - does Mr. Dahl's Article suggest that to do right America must ignore the violation of its immigration laws and allow illegal aliens to obtain that which the law does not offer? And if so, on what basis? Simply because some are poor in their own countries? There are literally billions of poor and economically disadvantaged people in the world. America cannot help them all. As to "Unbearable guilt over ungodly hate", I personally have no guilt and I have no hate, and I take umbrage with Mr. Dahl's suggestion that I, and all other readers of his poem must be hate mongers. The law is the law and the law must be respected, lest we abolish all law and all respect for law. I am opposed to rampant illegal immigration and in my opposition I do not believe I have "Unfounded self-righteousness [that] blinds us all", in fact, I am neither self-righteous nor blind - my eyes are quite wide open and I am able to see that over the past twenty years Congress has created an immigration nightmare that government leaders have repeatedly refused to adequately address, most recently before last November's mid-term elections.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
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