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Tuesday, July 01, 2008


What is the California "National Guard" guarding?

It isn't California, evidently. 11 days after more than 1400 fires raging in California have burned more than 660 square miles, Governor Schwarzenegger has taken the bold step of ordering a whopping...200 members of the California National Guard to help in the firefighting. I can't find current numbers, but in June, 2006, 2000 members of the Guard were "overseas" (i.e., in Iraq or Afghanistan), and another 1000 were sent to the border to "protect" us Californians from those evil Mexicans.

By the way, it's not just that some members of the Guard are off occupying other countries. The Guard is also significantly down in size, 5,000 below its authorized size of 21,000, and it's pretty safe to assume that people aren't signing up precisely because they don't want to be the next ones sent to Iraq or Afghanistan.

"National security"? The only "security" this nation cares about is the security of oil company profits. The security of people in their home from fires (or floods) which could be successfully fought with enough people and equipment isn't nearly as high on the list, if it's on the list at all.

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