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  •  Drat. I was afraid of that... (none)
    I figured as much, but boy oh boy, wouldn't that have caused MAJOR headlines??

    "LA, MT Governors Order Withdrawl Of State Guard Troops From Iraq: 'We need them back home to fight forest fires & hurricanes'"

    •  Eh. (4.00)
      It would be politically "in your face", certainly, but I have serious doubts that having an individual state pull its troops out would be politically good for us.  In fact, I think it would be actively politically bad for us.

      Moreover, ignoring politics, I'm not sure it would be a good thing for future precedent, in less idiotic situations than what Bush has currently gotten us into, to allow multiple sources of independent and potentially conflicting command in the (nationally active) military.  It seems, no offense, like very, very short-term thinking.

      I think that the actual solution would be to require that only a certain percentage of each state's Guard could be serving in Federal duty at any given time, and moreover to require that that percentage is reasonable for the purposes of allowing a state to handle potential issues typically relegated to the Guard (e.g. natural disasters, quarantine enforcement, upholding of civil order when law enforcement officials are incapable of dealing with the scope, et cetera).

      -- E pur si muove.

      by asdfasdf on Sun Aug 28, 2005 at 09:37:23 AM PDT

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