Originally Posted by Rich
I agree with cayo 2, Obama was referring to increasing our national security thru service programs (Peace Corps and AmeriCorps). Helping other countries solve their problems without bombs could prove to be a very cost effective national security program.
I think in theory and on paper it sounds great but I have an uncle from Wisconsin that has spent his entire adult life (70's-90's) as part of the Peace Corps and other organizations working to teach people in Africa how to successfully run a farm and be more than self sufficient. He is in Pakistan now doing the same thing and the governments in Africa are taking over all of the successful farms, killing their owners and giving them to government cronies and letting them go fallow because they don't know what to do with them.
I think the issue is magnitudes more complex than if we go over there and make friends with the locals the world will sing cumbayah.
As far as the OP, he does say "National Civilian Security Force" and I think the fact that no one from the party can tell you what that means either
means that it is another sounds good campaign BS stump or possibly something sinister. He did not just say lets increase Peace Corps and other similar initiatives, which if all he wants to do is that, why didn't he just say it?