Monday, May 15, 2006

For one weekend a month, two weeks a year, you too can be Bush's whore.

Is this what our National Guard is for?

U.S. President George Bush is expected to unveil a proposal Monday night that would see thousands of National Guard troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Is there an emergency at the border I don't know about it? Because as far as I can see, it's situation normal. To change that, change policy. Even Chuck Hagel agrees:

Lawmakers from both major U.S. parties are critical of the reported plan to deploy troops to the U.S.-Mexican border, including Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.

Hagel told ABC's This Week the National Guard could do little to secure the border in the long run, since its numbers are already stretched thin in operations outside the country.

"We've got National Guard members on their second, third and fourth tours in Iraq," he said.

"We have stretched our military as thin as we have ever seen it in modern times. And what in the world are we talking about here, sending a National Guard that we may not have any capacity to send up to or down to protect borders? That's not their role."

Of course, he supports another superficial solution - expand the Border Patrol - but at least that solution isn't as transparently political.