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    Kansas Born, pittie70, OleHippieChick

    Just as people believe states rights give them authority to ignore federal law when their state disagrees, the federal government has the right to decide its criteria for assigning force and function.  While Congress has oversight for base closures, it does not have oversight for assignment to those bases.  Many of the national guard use US bases for their own offices.  Reassigning some functions would not close the bases, but it could reduce the numbers.  It can be argued that a state's failure to adhere to federal law makes it harder for our troops to perform certain functions efficiently.  How those functions are identified and moved is entirely at the discretion of the DoD.

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