Tuesday, April 11, 2006

“They’re coming here for the American experience”

Rumsfeld Weighs In On Immigration Battle; Won’t Tie It To War With Iran

Suggests Army Recruiting Woes Could Be Solved With Mandatory Service By Illegal Aliens

In a freewheeling exchange with reporters this afternoon, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld suggested that “a stint in the Army” would solve the immigration problem facing the country.

With growing demonstrations – hundreds-of-thousands of pro-immigration marchers descended on the nation’s capital yesterday, with upwards of a million, or more, in other cities around the country - and fierce, contentious battles in Congress over legislation, around border security, guest workers, amnesty or criminal charges, Rumsfeld says there’s “much too fuss over all this.”

“Any Joe can rile up a bunch of people and get them to march down the street. That’s nothing new.”

“Simply a logical solution”

Asked a follow-up question, Rumsfeld said flatly, “Conscripts,”

“We simply make it a policy, if you want to enter this country, or, if we find out you’ve entered illegally, you serve a stretch in the Army, or go back to whatever village or bungalow you came from.”

With recruitment for the Army, and other military services, down so far this year, following the worst year in recruiting since 1979, Rumsfeld said that “it simply a logical solution” and “would see no problem” in mandating undocumented workers to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Rumsfeld bristled at that this would be unfair, or that it was comparable to Representative Dana Rohrabacher’s (R-CA) plan to “let the prisoners pick the fruits," while endorsing legislation that would place felony criminal charges on over 12-Million illegal immigrants.

“They’re coming here for the American experience”

‘That’s absurd,” Rumsfeld squinted. ““They’ll get three-squares-a-day and it pays a helluva lot better then picking lettuce, or grapes, or whatever it is they do ...”

“I mean,” added the Secretary, “they’re coming here for the American experience ... the American Dream ... What could possibly embody that more than by serving in your country’s armed forces?”

Asked if he, or the Pentagon, would make special accommodations for such illegal immigrants to enter the military, such as bi-lingual instructions, or the need for interpreters, Rumsfeld glared at the reporter.

“Now think about that for a second,” Rumsfeld shot back, dripping with disdain. “In the heat of battle, you, or some other bleeding-heart liberal, is going to expect the U.S. Army to issue dictionaries, with bullets flying overhead, and bombs bursting in front of you, so the commander of the unit can issue orders in two languages? What planet are you from?”

Rumsfeld said he would expect any such conscript to learn English, before they get to boot camp.

“I suspect a great many of them already speak English. The busboy at the restaurant I like to go to knows all the television shows ... the sports scores. Sure, he has an accent, but he speaks English fine.”

We leave that kind of thing to the Vice President and his crew

Rumsfeld was asked if he would push for legislation to enact his illegal alien conscript plan in time to bulk up the military for the War in Iran.

“Ah ha,” grinned the Secretary.

“You’re trying to get me to say something I don’t want to say. You want me to leak some secret plans or something.”

“We don’t play that game over here at the Pentagon,” added Rumsfeld, “Something of that nature could be the difference between life and death ... We leave that kind of thing to the Vice President and his crew.”

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, on the massive pro-immigration demonstrations said that “Any Joe can rile up a bunch of people and get them to march down the street ..."

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