You've Been Warned: Calls For Mandatory "National Service" For Americans Aged 18-28 Have Begun

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

WAR is a racket. It always has been.


It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.


A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.


– From Major General Smedly Butler’s War is a Racket

This is one of the most important articles I will write all year. The statists are coming for your kids, and the conditioning has already begun.

Last night, I came across one of the most horrifying articles I have ever read, which is saying a lot. Before I get into it, take a look at the title and the tagline:

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If you think the title is bad, wait until you read the article. What becomes evident is that this grotesque concept of forced “national service” is being actively discussed at the highest levels of government. What Ron Fournier is doing in his National Journal article is conditioning the public to accept something that is completely unacceptable.

Before we get to that, who is Ron Fournier? National Journal provides a bio:

Ron Fournier is the Senior Political Columnist and Editorial Director of National Journal. Prior to joining NJ, he worked at the Associated Press for 20 years, most recently as Washington Bureau Chief. A Detroit native, Fournier began his career in Arkansas, first with the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record and then with the Arkansas Democrat and the AP, where he covered the state legislature and Gov. Bill Clinton. In January 1993, Fournier moved to Washington, where he covered the White House and presidential campaigns for the AP. 

So basically, this guy covered Bill Clinton in Arkansas, moved to the District of Criminals after he was elected President, and now wants to convince you to subject your innocent children into mandatory service to a nation provably run by corrupt criminals and oligarchs.

It sure is some twisted notion of “shared sacrifice,” when those who had nothing to do with the disastrous choices made by the oligarchy are the ones who have to suffer the consequences.

Let’s now take this piece of Nazi-esque propaganda apart piece by piece. From the National Journal:

I know a better way to fight ISIS. It starts with an idea that should appeal the better angels of both hawks and doves: National service for all 18- to 28-year-olds.


Require virtually every young American—the civic-minded millennial generation—to complete a year of service through programs such as Teach for America, AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, or the U.S. military, and two things will happen:

First of all, he confidently proclaims that this scheme will appeal to both hawks and doves. Based on what evidence? Let me provide some evidence against his argument based on a recent Rasmussen poll that 45% of U.S. Voters Concerned Government Will Use Military Training Exercises for Power Grab. Here’s an excerpt from the findings:

Just 20% of voters now consider the federal government a protector of individual liberty. Sixty percent (60%) see the government as a threat to individual liberty instead.  Only 19% trust the federal government to do the right thing all or most of the time.

So the American public has no confidence in government, but somehow they are going to gladly line up to serve the corrupt oligarchy? Of course not, which is why people like Ron Fornier want to make it mandatory. Now back to the piece…

1. Virtually every American family will become intimately invested in the nation’s biggest challenges, including poverty, education, income inequality, and America’s place in a world afire.


2. Military recruiting will rise to meet threats posed by ISIS and other terrorist networks, giving more people skin in a very dangerous game.


This may seem like a radical plan until you compare it with two alternatives: the status quo, which clearly isn’t working, or a military draft, which might be the boldest and fairest way to wage the long war against Islamic extremists.

Notice how he offers us only three options, as if that is all the imaginative well of humanity is capable of coming up with. Forced national service, the status quo or a draft. Nowhere does he offer the logical alternative of say: stop preemptively invading and destroying countries for no reason (Iraq, Libya to name a few). Perhaps then idiotic foreign policy decisions won’t create ISIS in the first place.

This is an important lesson in how statists operate. They only offer you statist choices. Kind of like being forced to choose between a Clinton and a Bush for President.

The Draft Act is highly unlikely to be law, given the nation’s post-Vietnam resistance to the mandatory military service and the relative success of an all-volunteer armed forces. Which leads me to the year-of-service plan: It stops far short of a draft while drawing on the ethos of communal sacrifice.

Notice how he cleverly started the piece by mentioning the Peace Corps, Teach for America, etc, and only listed the military at the end? Pure smoke and mirrors. His entire point is to push for mandatory military service. No one wants to fight any more unnecessary wars to boost corporate profits, and any statist worth his or her salt knows full well mandatory conscription will be necessary in order to maintain the power position and wealth of the status quo going forward.

Finally, just in case you think this is merely some hack journalist mouthing off, Mr. Fournier makes it clear that this is being discussed at the highest levels of government.

I spoke about the concept with retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who commanded forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and now chairs the Franklin Project, part of the Aspen Institute that is trying to position a year of full-time national service—a service year—as a “cultural expectation, a common opportunity, and a civic rite of passage for every young American.” His logic tracks with mine.


Second, if this president or his successor gets serious about ISIS, McChrystal said the effort would require an international coalition and more U.S. troops. “Even if we didn’t need a draft” to drum up the required troops, McChrystal said, “I would argue we need a draft, because it forces national commitment.”

Forced national commitment to a government nobody believes in. Can’t wait to see how that works out.

“A problem in America is we’ve let the concept of citizenship diminish into a series of gripes,” McChrystal told me. “One of the ways we can rebuild that sense of ownership, sense of shared ownership, is through experience, and so I believe that every young person deserves—I don’t think this is an onerous thing—deserves the experience of being part of something bigger than themselves.”

No General McChrystal, we have let the concept of democracy diminish into a corrupt, thieving oligarchy. In case you need proof: New Report from Princeton and Northwestern Proves It: The U.S. is an Oligarchy.

Furthermore, you don’t “rebuild ownership” by forcing citizens to serve an oligarchy they hate, you “rebuild ownership” by dismantling the oligarchy.

Bowing to political realities in risk-averse Washington, the Franklin Project aims to make a service year a social expectation rather than a legal requirement.


I would mandate it. So would McChrystal—if he had his way.

Statists gonna state.

While ISIS and other terrorist groups are having no trouble recruiting suicide bombers, McChrystal said, Americans are struggling to redefine their national identity for the 21st century. “A year of service for young Americans would be a step,” he said. “Not a panacea, a step.”

This paragraph unintentionally says a lot. You want to fight an army of radical volunteers created by your own foreign policy crimes by forcing people who have no trust in their government to join the military? It’s an idea so stupid and destructive, only a rabid statist could conceive it.

Before concluding, I want to emphasize how dangerous this line of thinking is. It is precisely because I see these sorts of things coming down the road, that I do what I do with this website. The only way to stop statist plans like these is to win the war of ideas before they have a chance to dazzle you with their next bit of propaganda.

Stay vigilant and keep fighting.

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For related articles, see:

Accusations Emerge That the U.S. Is Aiding ISIS – The Latest “Conspiracy Theory” Circulating in Iraq

Jeb Bush Exposed Part 1 – His Top Advisors Will Be the Architects of His Brother’s Iraq War

Paralyzed Iraq War Veteran Tomas Young Has Died – Here’s His Final Letter to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney

Leon Panetta, Head of Pentagon and C.I.A. Under Obama, Says Brace for 30 Year War with ISIS

The American Public: A Tough Soldier or a Chicken Hawk Cowering in a Cubicle? Some Thoughts on ISIS Intervention


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order66's picture

"Fringe Blog". Drink.

Bastiat's picture

That would be a good name for a drink.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Better is name for drink start with "V" and is rhyme with "odka".

MonetaryApostate's picture

Isis was a Goddess worshiped in times past, the funny thing is, the occult who worshiped her is alive and thriving in America...

RafterManFMJ's picture

It's not like every fucker in this fucking nation who has a fucking job doesn't work from Jan. 1 to mid-May to pay their taxes each year, right?

Let's cut the Goddamn bullshit and extend the national service period to 40 years and make it apply for 16-90 year olds.

"Pick that cotton faster! ISIS must be defeated!"

All Risk No Reward's picture

Stop funding them.

Bomb their convoys.

It is simple, except for the fact they want al Qaeda, errrr, ISIS to stay in play...

Council on Foreign Relations - We Need Al Qaeda

Note how the British can monitor2 men when they want to... and they pretend like they can't monitor 50,000 ISIS that are armed and supplied by the West and their allies?


Note how the BBC only focuses on the rescue and not the false flag operation...

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iraq probe into soldier incident

"Mr Reid said surveillance had established the men were being moved to another location, while at the same time an angry crowd posed an obstacle to the departure of the six-strong team."

They prey on the witless public...


plongka10's picture

This news is fucking 10 years old. Try coming up with something a bit more current.

weburke's picture

they want to inject them

gladius17's picture

"Stop funding them.

Bomb their convoys."

Agreed. The U.S. Government must be stopped at all costs.

But don't just target the troops; take your fight to their leaders.

Stoploss's picture

This could all be solved in 24 hours.

When you send in the fully loaded to the gills 500 long range bombers to put crater over crater, we dont need conscription.

What we need is to turn Mesopotamia into the surface of the moon...

'Cause that's how little sawed off likes it anyway.

Memedada's picture

I didn’t see any /sarc-sign so I presume you’re serious.

First, that strategy have been attempted by you’re overlords many times. US dropped more bombs over Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam war than during the whole of WWII. That didn’t given them a victory (apart from a victory for the bomb-/plane-/missiles-manufacturers).

Second, why should you support your Masters ambitions of world dominance? If your suggested strategy worked why would you support it? Why bomb countries in the first place? And why would your masters listen to your suggestion – they don’t need to defeat their own creation/ISIS. They need the continued destabilization of the Middle East to justify their military presence.

Third, after the realization of your destructive fantasy then what? Most Americans support destroying countries/people/places, but have no plans/ambitions of building anything up – what are your vision of the Middle East. A moon landscape? It’s not a surprise that ‘radicals’ (who’s radical?) have such an easy time recruiting to fight the US/West.


Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Sheeiit, I aint no field nigger.  I works in the house, rubbin' out the special sauce in da kitchen.

0b1knob's picture

Only one year of service?   Young people today become lifetime slaves for their student loans.

suteibu's picture

Question:  What kind of soldier would you get for one year of service?

Answer:  Cannon fodder.

Fry: "I heard one time you single-handedly defeated a horde of rampaging somethings in the something something system"
Brannigan: "Killbots? A trifle. It was simply a matter of outsmarting them."
Fry: "Wow, I never would've thought of that."
Brannigan: "You see, killbots have a preset kill limit. Knowing their weakness, I sent wave after wave of my own men at them until they reached their limit and shut down. Kif, show them the medal I won."

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Well... if your daddy is "important" or you sign up for more than one year, you can "opt" for a cushy job in the rear!. What a deal! What a deal!

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"I know a better way to fight ISIS. It starts with an idea that should appeal the better angels of both hawks and doves:..."~

Send in all federal level politicians followed by all to military brass to lead the ground attacks. I think that would but an end to this bullshit.

Seriously, until we in the west are prepared to openly talk about what a sick piece of fuck Mohammad was you are not going to defeat Islam. The Sunnis, the Shiites and all the other flavors of ISIS/ISIL/IS/AL Qaeda whatever is really academic. The problem is Islam and the nutjob prophet and how this dead POS is the epitome of how Muslim men behave. (3 Things about Islam)



suteibu's picture

Please do not leave out the think tank geniuses who come up with this shit.

willien1derland's picture

Oh, if I may add one group to lead the attack - PLEASE let the "Supreme" Court Justices of the US go first!

gladius17's picture

You're a "useful idiot." Congratulations, I guess.

TVP's picture

Most millenials may jump at the chance to shoot something, get shot at, and feel alive again before being blown to bits by an IED.  

Beats the hell out of rotting to death in your parents' basement.  


Ballin D's picture

As a self sufficient millenial and proud supporter of our constitution, Id choose the military service over the alternatives if a gun was held to my head.  Teach me to kill and condition my body for combat. Ill gladly take the oath to uphold the constitution... I just dont think they realize what that means.


Its expensive and time consuming to leave the city and put meaningful time behind my rifle.  And you can only accomplish so much at a range anyway.

laomei's picture

Exactly... they have no idea what thier statist plans would result in.


Some nice free training to break your humanity and see people as targets and threats.  Some free training with weapons and becoming familiar with military systems as well as their weaknesses?  It wouldn't be ISIS that gets shot at though... I believe it's called "onshoring".

A Nanny Moose's picture does not start with "V" and rhymes with Deer.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

This actually blows my mind.  Kinda speechless.

Atlas Crapped's picture

As predicted, the ministry's plan is working ...

"It is indeed disturbing to see our coddled, hyper-sensitive "advanced economy" millenials so eager to profess their deep understanding, undying support and shameless pride for the Caitlyn Jenners and Rachel Dolezal's of the world ... yet are stoically able, ready and willing to support BOMBING the BLUE FUCK out of Russia (and China if we deem them a justifiable target) simply out of sheer obedience to a narrative designed to suppress any critical thought about the geo-political actions that are truly being carried out by the elite Corporatist element that controls G7 foreign and military policy today."

Divine Wind's picture



I fully agree with McChrystal. Far too much about this nation is taken for granted.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

What is take for granted is many acre of grave site full of British, then Soviet, and now is still room for Amerikan soldier in Afghanistan. "He who fail to learn history is fill grave with body of young soldier."

Chuck Walla's picture

Nice to see you around, Komrade!

Seasmoke's picture

Yes good to see you. I was afraid you got lost in Ukraine.

Chuck Walla's picture

The upside to this is that more kids will get a real good look at how government works. That will drive off some government is all attitude. Once the .mil works it's magic, more realists will be created.


Rockatanski's picture

McCrystal can fuck off. he turned into an obama bootlicker

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Yeah, he and Obama buried the hatchet   /in Michael Hastings' head...

TheReplacement's picture

Then how about you go and die for all of us to prove your gratitude?

You want my gratitude?  STFU.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Yeah right, all doze freedumbs everyone takes for granted...

Glasnost's picture

Time to make contingency plans to hand in passport and become legally stateless.

Bank_sters's picture

Except the bankers and politicians kids.  Shit, all the wealthy and connected.  Your kids are being groomed to rule Rome, I mean America.

agent default's picture

In Rome a long and successful military service was mandatory to attain any public position.  What we have here is nothing like Rome.

HonkyShogun's picture
HonkyShogun (not verified) Jun 17, 2015 10:34 PM

The Bagel Medici need recruits to die in their meaningless wars.

A Nanny Moose's picture

War is young, poor men dying, while old, rich men talk.

Robot Traders Mom's picture

The military currently preys on the poor, so if there were mandatory inscription, theoretically we'd see a few more kids from wealth in the military. Versus what we have now, that is actually the better option. 


I'm far more concerned with US/Israel funding ISIS and then pretending like it's an orgainically-inspired enemy. 

22winmag's picture

Most combat arms soldiers are not patriotic heroes.


They are gangbangers, wife beaters, and poor kids without better opportunities in life.


Been there, done that.

rejected's picture

Maybe,,, but some of those gangbangers, wife beaters and poor kids saved my ass a couple of times. Never know,,, might end up saving you someday...

Grimnir's picture

A yeti with Stalin's brain surgically transplanted into it on a motorcycle wielding Excalibur might end up saving us some day too. But in the mean time, excuse me if I don't want to talk about how much it sacrifices itself for me freedom.

Oh regional Indian's picture

yup...there is no greatness in war....none....


Moe Howard's picture

You are full of shit. Are there a few, yes. For one tour. Then they go to a REMF MOS. 20 years Infantry, I know what I speak of.