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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Schwarzenegger lays down the gauntlet

Schwarzenegger Denies Bush Troop Request

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week rejected a request from the Bush administration to send an additional 1,500 National Guard troops to the Mexican border, the governor's office confirmed Friday.
I'm not decidedly against this move. I don't think there's a necessity to be "for" or "against" this move though. He didn't feel that the California National Guard could handle the strain, so he said no. Most people don't know that when the President calls up the National Guard, the governor must approve the move.

I'm sure there will be many accusations that Schwarzenegger is playing politics with this, considering the large Hispanic population in California, but just three weeks ago he did send troops to the border. He's simply saying no to any more for now. So I don't think he's playing a political game with this.

But I could be wrong. It's happened before....


Blogger Billiam declared,

I think he is, to a small extent, playing politics. He's going to have a tight race on his hands. He's already shifting somewhat left. That being said, if Bush was serious about border security, he'd have sent the regular army in for that. I think there would be Constitutional issues to iron out, but, that's what needs to be done. Anything else is a half @ssed attempt to mollify the base. It ain't working.

6/25/2006 4:09 AM  
Blogger Joey declared,

If Bush were serious about border security he wouldn't have sent the Army. He would have increased the size of the border patrol. That's what really needs to happen. Border security is the border patrol's problem, not the Army's. I would agree though that the Army would be a better temporary fix than the Guard.

6/25/2006 11:06 PM  
Anonymous David declared,

Lord help us if the "National Guard" were used to "Guard" the "Nation". That would be like using the "Local Police" to "Police" the "Local" area. Or expecting the "Garbage Collectors" to "Collect" "Garbage".

When will those executive branch dummies with tyhere "supposed" military experts (the joint chiefs of staff) ever learn.

6/26/2006 1:11 PM  
Blogger Stephanie declared,

I don't see anything wrong with using the National Guard to protect our long as they are actually allowed to, um, protect them. Sending them down to babysit is insulting, however, and that seems to be what they're there to do.

6/27/2006 1:56 AM  

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