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Should American companies be allowed to send their own troops into a war which America is participating in?

☆ElenaDiamond☆ 2012/08/08 19:30:06
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  • Squatch 2012/08/08 19:37:41
    No.
    Squatch
    +3
    For the same reasons US troops cannot be used on American soil except in Martial Law. The defense of the nation and the personal interests of companies are 2 different things.
    I am in the military and while I am willing to give my life for my country I am not willing to give my life for the interests of a private company.

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  • Mj PINKYFINGERDOWN 2013/01/07 21:27:48
  • Andrew 2012/08/09 22:26:20
    No.
    Andrew
    NOOOO!!
  • Mark DeBarbieri 2012/08/09 19:59:58
    No.
    Mark DeBarbieri
    Who came up with this obsurb idea? First of all it is uncontitutional to send troops to anywhere in the world beyond our own borders, with one exception, if American lives are at stake in a foreign country, such as when we went to Tripoli back in the 19th century, to retrive our sailors.
  • Freeranger 2012/08/09 01:43:27
    No.
    Freeranger
    +1
    It's an absurd idea that doesn't even make sense. And yet, in '08, Obama is on the record for desiring to raise, outfit, and equip, a "seperate army," just as powerful and well equipped as our military.
  • umapathy Krishnamurthy 2012/08/09 01:00:52
    No.
    umapathy Krishnamurthy
    Why what for this is insane idea
  • Jericho 2012/08/08 21:30:10
    No.
    Jericho
    +2
    The fact that American Companies have their own army scares me a little. I hope I am not alone on this.
  • NarcolepticGoat 2012/08/08 21:08:39
    No.
    NarcolepticGoat
    +1
    But it is *way* too late now.
  • The Sane One 2012/08/08 21:00:34
    No.
    The Sane One
    +1
    That would classify them as mercenaries, not subject to the UCMJ.
  • RogerCoppock 2012/08/08 20:51:51 (edited)
    No.
    RogerCoppock
    +1
    If the US government licensed American companies to send their private armies to a foreign country, that would be "Privateering," a practice outlawed under international law since the Paris Declaration of 1856.
  • Vision of Verve 2012/08/08 20:36:15
  • ProudProgressive 2012/08/08 19:38:31
    No.
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    In a military setting there has to be a clear chain of command and central strategic coordination. Having "privateers" in the middle of a war is dangerous. Besides, given the recent proclivities of some corporations that seem to want to undermine the United States government, if some group like the Koch Brothers sent troops into battle, there are pretty good odds that it would be our soldiers they'd be shooting at.
  • Squatch 2012/08/08 19:37:41
    No.
    Squatch
    +3
    For the same reasons US troops cannot be used on American soil except in Martial Law. The defense of the nation and the personal interests of companies are 2 different things.
    I am in the military and while I am willing to give my life for my country I am not willing to give my life for the interests of a private company.
  • Soot The Fallen 2012/08/08 19:36:07
    Yes.
    Soot The Fallen
    +3
    They already are theyer called Private Military Contractors or Private security contractors.
  • ProudPr... Soot Th... 2012/08/08 19:39:58
    ProudProgressive
    But military contractors are under the direct control and supervision of the military. I think the question was meant to suggest that an independent troop of "Wal Mart Soldiers" let's say could go into battle independent of our own military. Unless I'm misreading the question.
  • Soot Th... ProudPr... 2012/08/08 19:41:49
    Soot The Fallen
    I dont realy know lets ask elena.
  • ☆ElenaD... Soot Th... 2012/08/08 19:44:47
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    +1
    PP read the question right.
  • Soot Th... ☆ElenaD... 2012/08/08 19:46:08
    Soot The Fallen
    so... what your saying is walmart sends its door greeters into battle..... Is that what you mean?
  • ☆ElenaD... Soot Th... 2012/08/08 19:50:16
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    +1
    No, not just Walmart. A private army. Paid by who they work for. Not door greeters.
  • Soot Th... ☆ElenaD... 2012/08/08 20:04:28
    Soot The Fallen
    +3
    Alright door greetersis somwhat unreasonable, but admit it woe kind of funny seeing them gearing up.
  • ☆ElenaD... Soot Th... 2012/08/08 20:11:00
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    +1
    LOL it would.
  • ProudPr... ☆ElenaD... 2012/08/08 20:23:06
    ProudProgressive
    +1
    I didn't literally mean Walmart LOL. I just picked a "generic corporation" as an example.

    (Still, the idea of sending a thousand door greeters to Iran sounds pretty funny when you think about it!)
  • ☆ElenaD... ProudPr... 2012/08/08 20:33:10
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    +1
    Really funny. Our enemies would be greatly encouraged. Hehehehe.
  • TheTruth1313 2012/08/08 19:34:59
    Yes.
    TheTruth1313
    +2
    At the very least it would be an interesting issue. However, there can be only one top official giving the orders.
    Honestly, I'm not sure which way to answer this one.
  • kevracer 2012/08/08 19:32:47
    Yes.
    kevracer
    +1
    interesting question; given the recent Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, you can make the argument that they can.

    Many corporations already provide support services to the US military so its'a short step
  • ProudPr... kevracer 2012/08/08 19:41:16
    ProudProgressive
    I'm not sure how Citizens United plays into the question. Citizens United essentially just granted first amendment rights to corporations.
  • kevracer ProudPr... 2012/08/08 19:44:53
    kevracer
    +1
    corporations are people, right?
  • ProudPr... kevracer 2012/08/08 20:26:20
    ProudProgressive
    Well no, corporations are not people. John Roberts thinks they are, but the Constitution says differently. But in any event, I don't mean to reargue the Citizens United decision at this point. A private individual can't go to war with another country by himself, so why should a corporation be any different? I don't think you'd get very far if you personally decided to declare war on Iran. (No offense LOL)
  • kevracer ProudPr... 2012/08/08 21:19:07
    kevracer
    Listen I agree with you. Buit if the Supremes consider Corporations people, then it's a step closer to sayying that all the rights granted to individuals in the Constitution also apply to corporations including the second amendement, thus allowing corporations to raise thier own militias
  • ProudPr... kevracer 2012/08/09 00:44:08 (edited)
    ProudProgressive
    LOL do you think we could simply draft all the corporations so that the rest of us can stay home in the next war? (that's an attempt at humor, by the way)

    The Second Amendment by no stretch of the imagination empowers private citizens to raise their own militias. The "well regulated militia" which the Second Amendment is intended for is a militia under the control of the Governor of the State (and whose leader under the Constitution is the President of the United States, a fact that most of the nutjob militias in the wilds of Michigan always overlook), empowered for the purpose of defending the State and the Nation from foreign invaders or internal insurrectionists. No one, not even Clarence Thomas, would agree that the Second Amendment empowers private individuals to raise their own army, and the Second Amendment absolutely does not empower citizens to attack their own government.
  • Headhunter 13 2012/08/08 19:32:17
    No.
    Headhunter 13
    +2
    And we need to end private army companies

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