The American Foreign Legion
This site is dedicated to the creation of The American Foreign Legion.
Please go to the petition link at the bottom and sign the petition
advocating creation of The American Foreign Legion. Once there are 1,000,000
signatures on the petition I will take the petition to Washington to put
before congress and the executive branch for preparation of a bill that will
authorize and fund The American Foreign Legion.
-Dean Landers, Janesville, Wisconsin January 1/2007 e-mail:
Why we need The American Foreign Legion
As a new citizen, I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to live and
work in this country. However, along with the rights of citizenship come the
responsibilities of participating in the democratic process. Those
democratic responsibilities include speaking up when one thinks that there
might be a way to improve some aspect of public policy.
A very important issue right now is the war in Iraq and the deployment of
United States military forces there and around the world. All United States
soldiers in Iraq are members of an all-volunteer force that is doing a
superb job with the resources available to them and the circumstances they
find themselves in. It is no small matter to put your life on the line for
your country and no greater sacrifice can be made by an individual citizen
for their nation.
Unfortunately, as the world's only superpower; the United States is
stretched thin in it's efforts to reign in tyranny and terrorism around the
world. Some NATO forces are assisting American soldiers in Afghanistan and a
small 'coalition of the willing' are assisting US servicemen fighting the
insurgency in Iraq. However, as the world's 'supercop', the United States
isn't getting nearly enough help from other countries who also directly
benefit from the elimination of terrorists and the stabilization of rogue
nations. Thus, heavily disproportionate numbers of young American men and
women are risking and sacrificing their lives 'on the beat' of policing and
maintaining stability in the world's bad neighborhoods and promoting freedom
and democracy in these regions.
This terrible state of affairs does not have to continue if the shapers of
defense policy in Washington had a more pragmatic and open mind towards the
manner in which we staff the frontlines of the 'war on terrorism'. We don't
have to continue the practice of exclusively sending our own sons and
daughters in harm's way with little help from other citizens of the world.
Almost two hundred years ago the French government formed the French Foreign
Legion as a complementary unit, under the command of French officers, to
assist their regular defense forces in protecting national security.
Needless to say, it is well known that the French Foreign Legion is world
famous for it's distinguished record protecting French interests worldwide.
Thus, I am proposing the establishment of 'The American Foreign Legion',
modeled loosely on the French Foreign Legion, as a frontline military force
to assist and complement other United States forces in theaters of battle
around the world. Warriors from countries around the world would have the
opportunity to be enlisted and trained as 'American Foreign Legionnaires'
under the command of American officers. These soldiers would be properly
trained and equipped, paid fairly and provided benefits including the
opportunity for American citizenship once they honorably complete their term
of service in the American Foreign Legion. Recruitment for the American
Foreign Legion would be flooded with well-qualified and highly motivated
enlistees, given the historically superb record of management and competence
of United States forces. It is well known that soldiers and conscripts in
many armies around the world are poorly treated, minimally paid and suffer
much higher attrition rates than United States soldiers.
To this end, I ask you to sign this petition advocating establishment of
'The American Foreign Legion. Once there are one million signatures on this
petition,' I will take it to Washington to put before congress and the
executive branch for preparation of a bill that will authorize and fund 'The
American Foreign Legion'.
American is famous for it's ingenious solutions to complex problems. Let
American innovation be applied to our defense personnel needs with speedy
establishment of 'The American Foreign Legion'. All the 'boots on the
ground' don't have to be worn only by young American men and women.
Please sign petition by clicking on the following link: