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Gates: Review military’s role in homeland defense

November 25th, 2008 . by TexasFred

Gates: Review military’s role in homeland defense

WASHINGTON (AP) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday ordered his top department leaders to conduct a broad review to determine whether the military, National Guard and Reserve can adequately deal with domestic disasters and whether they have the training and equipment to defend the homeland.

The 41-page memo signaled an acknowledgment that the military must better recognize the critical role of the National Guard and Reserves in homeland defense, but stopped short of requiring many specific policy changes.

His memo comes in the wake of a stinging 400-page independent commission report that concluded the military isn’t ready for a catastrophic attack on the country, and that National Guard forces don’t have the equipment or training they need for the job.

That report, released early this year by the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves, said the Pentagon must use the nation’s citizen soldiers to create an operational force that would be fully trained, equipped and ready to defend the nation, respond to crises and supplement the active duty troops in combat.

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It’s coming… Wait for it… Wait for it… What do you call a Civilian National Security Force?, there it is, it was posted here back on Nov. 2, 2008. Obama has plans that are a bit different from those of Sec. Gates I believe. Maybe *The One* will equip the Schutzstaffel, uh, wait, I didn’t mean SS, uh, I meant Civilian National Security Force, equip them to take over Homeland Defense.

OK, right here is where I am going to piss off the *Bush Bots* again I think, they won’t like what I am about to say, they truly hate anyone that will tell the truth about the guy they are in love with, the Moron in Chief himself, George W. Bush.

National Guard forces don’t have the equipment or training they need for the job.

OK, part of that is a lie and part is truth. Most National Guard units DO have the training, many have had 2 and 3 tours in Iraq, and if that isn’t sufficient training, then I have no idea what is. So, that part of the above quoted line is nothing more than a LIE. I don’t know if that lie is perpetuated by the Bush DoD or the MSM, but in any case, it IS a LIE regarding training of National Guard units!

Lets discuss equipment, and here is where the *Bush Bots* are going to get their little panties in a wad. I personally know of National Guard troops that went to Baghdad as MECHANIZED troops, they were designated XXX BCT (MECH), they took their Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles to Iraq WITH THEM! They did not go to Iraq to be equipped BY the Army, they took their rifles, combat gear, MECH vehicles and all, WITH THEM!

When they came back from Iraq, the last thing they did was clean and prepare their Abrams and Bradley’s for the trip back home. But those armored vehicles never made it home, they are still in Iraq, being used by other units. This particular BCT, Brigade Combat Team, came back to be re-designated a Light Infantry Brigade. Their equipment was taken away from them by a U.S. DoD that went into Iraq ill prepared, on the orders of a President that had NO idea as to what he was doing or how to get it done.

I can’t speak for ALL National Guard Units, but I know for a certain FACT that the above is the gospel truth regarding at least 1 entire state and their Guard Units.

The Guard troops ARE trained, they ARE ready, they ARE prepared, but they are ill equipped to do anything more than be Light Infantry, basically, foot soldiers, and I have no idea how many other states are now in the same situation, their Guard Units decimated due to the poor planning and preparation of the Moron in Chief as he sent our troops into harms way in a battle that was NOT necessary!

And here’s one other thing to consider, IF the Guard can’t provide Homeland Security in the event of a massive terrorist attack, then the already stretched thin REGULAR military would be forced to take up arms on U.S. soil.

Does the term Posse Comitatus ring any bells with you??

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