Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Because the Georgia National Guard has nothing better to do.

I'd like to think that a Democratic governor, one who didn't owe his election to George W. Bush, wouldn't be so willing to lend our National Guard to him for his most recent political stunt:

Gov. Sonny Perdue said he would offer some of Georgia's National Guard troops to help with the border patrols outlined Monday by President Bush. . . .

Last week, the last of the more than 4,300 members of the 48th Infantry Brigade returned home from the largest deployment of the Georgia National Guard unit since World War II. During the yearlong deployment, 26 members were killed, including 11 over 11 days last summer.

The Georgia-based unit's members include police officers, teachers, truck drivers, college students and other civilian roles from throughout Georgia and several other states.

They spent nearly 18 months away from their families and jobs, including months spent training at Fort Stewart near Savannah early last year. . . .

With reports that up to 6,000 troops could be called up for border duty, Perdue didn't say how many Guard troops he'd be willing to offer for the patrols along the Mexican border.

Perdue drools some pablum about "the quality life of our citizen-soldiers," but if he were concerned about their lives, he wouldn't be so willing to ship them from one desert to another to help the electoral fortunes of the Republican Party.

Notably, Republican Nathan Deal and Democrats John Barrow and David Scott share Perdue's sentiement about the importance of securing "the porous border." Nathan Deal and John Barrow I can understand; he's a Republican and Barrow is in a more conservative district, facing a Republican challenger, even if he is the inept Max Burns, who Barrow unseated once and will likely beat again. But Scott? I wish he would run for whatever statewide office he has his eye on, so a better Democrat can win his seat.