whatever happened to Obama's "civilian national security force"?

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    When he was campaigning in July of '08 Obama made this shocking statement "We cannot rely on the military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set". "We've got to have a civilian national security force that is just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded as the military". Was Obama pandering to his extremist violent left wing base? Was he advocating a new revolution? Did he give food for thought to nut cases like Laughner? Maybe Obama made good on his campaign promise. Maybe there is a well funded little civilian army training somewhere in the US.
     
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    He still waiting on the red arm bands.
     
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    The right wing blogosphere moved on with their faux-outrage to another non-story.
     
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    If you squeezed the shit out of Obama, he'd look exactly like Jimmy Carter.
     
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    It was originally named, "The Corporation" and dropped suddenly for it sounded too socialistic. One part of it passed early on. It was going to be a VERY expensive program and very detailed. A civilian army composed first of youth that just graduated from highschool for two years brainwashing, er, training in community service.

    Then it was going to go from voluntary to mandatory and be part of the educational program even in elementary schools. I forget it's name now, but it is in operation, but perhaps watered down, I don;'t know.
     
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    Ohh about the same thing that happed to Bush who promised for the USA not to be the police force of the world and not be into nation building if he was elected.
    to reduce spending, blah, blah.
     
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    Pretty much what he said would happen. His "civilian national security force" notion essentially amounted to three concrete things: 1) expanding AmeriCorps, 2) expanding the Foreign Service, and 3) making it easier to connect people to volunteering opportunities. Here:

    Obama, July 2, Colorado Springs, CO: [As] president I will expand AmeriCorps to 250,000 slots [from 75,000] and make that increased service a vehicle to meet national goals, like providing health care and education, saving our planet and restoring our standing in the world, so that citizens see their effort connected to a common purpose.

    People of all ages, stations and skills will be asked to serve. Because when it comes to the challenges we face, the American people are not the problem – they are the answer. So we are going to send more college graduates to teach and mentor our young people. We'll call on Americans to join an energy corps, to conduct renewable energy and environmental clean-up projects in their neighborhoods all across the country.

    We will enlist our veterans to find jobs and support for other vets, and to be there for our military families. And we're going to grow our Foreign Service, open consulates that have been shuttered and double the size of the Peace Corps by 2011 to renew our diplomacy. We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set.

    We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded. We need to use technology to connect people to service. We'll expand USA Freedom Corps to create online networks where American can browse opportunities to volunteer. You'll be able to search by category, time commitment and skill sets. You'll be able to rate service opportunities, build service networks, and create your own service pages to track your hours and activities.

    This will empower more Americans to craft their own service agenda and make their own change from the bottom up.​

    So what happened to it?

    Well, the AmeriCorps expansion became law only a few months after he took office:

    For the Foreign Service, Obama offered expansions of it in both his FY2010 and FY2011 budgets.

    And as for the third prong, the volunteer.gov site originally launched as part of George W. Bush's USA Freedom Corps was replaced by Obama's serve.gov, which will connect you to volunteering opportunities to your heart's content.
     
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