Bush's daughter has no plans to serve in Iraq

WASHINGTON, October 12 (RIA Novosti) - Jenna Bush, daughter of the current U.S. president, has revealed that she feels better suited to teaching than military service in Iraq.

Speaking in a question and answer session with the U.S. Time magazine, the newly-engaged Jenna Bush said that she has no plans to play an active role in what her father has called the "decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century".

In answer to a question posed by a reader as to "If the war in Iraq is so noble, why aren't you and your sister serving our country there?" the 25-year-old replied that "There are many ways to serve our country, and I think my skills are better suited for teaching and representing the U.S. in Latin America through UNICEF."

She also added that, "I respect the men and women of our country who are over there [in Iraq] fighting. It is an unbelievably selfless thing to do. But if people really thought about it, they would know it's not even a practical question."

Although the draft was abolished in the U.S. in 1973, the overwhelming majority of soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan come from poor families.

Approximately five members from a total of 535 in the U.S. Congress have children currently serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

To date, almost 4,000 U.S soldiers have died in Iraq since the invasion of the country in 2003.

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