Yeah, I know, it sounds a bit Roman and not in a good way. It isn't though. We won't be drafting Afghan's in Kabul and sending them stateside two years later as citizens.
Immigrants who are permanent residents, with documents commonly known as green cards, have long been eligible to enlist. But the new effort, for the first time since the Vietnam War, will open the armed forces to temporary immigrants if they have lived in the United States for a minimum of two years, according to military officials familiar with the plan.It's an interesting program and I don't have a problem with it, really. But what sort of Afghan immigrants have come and remain here in the US? Probably those of the professional class (doctors, engineers, teachers, etc.) who fled here as Afganistan became intolerable under the communists in the 1980's and then under the Taliban in the '90's.
Shouldn't we be encouraging this professional class to return to Afghanistan? A resurgence of the middle class in Afghanistan's larger cities could bring some economic stability and restore infrastructure.