Saturday, May 13, 2006

Troops to stop Mexicans on the border...

President Bush is going on national television during prime time on Monday night to propose putting National Guard troops on the U.S./Mexican border.

I see this as an attempt by Bush to shore up his base which has been shrinking in recent months. Several polls have his job approval ratings at 29%.

Some members of the National Guard have already had three tours of duty in Iraq. That's more front-line duty than they bargained for. With such a long border it's going to take a lot of troops. Maybe they'll bring home some troops from Iraq and redeploy than for border duty.

I had been under the impression that the National Guard could not be used for police work. I guess we'll find out more on Monday night.