Noticed this story about a inter-bureaucracy gang fight re: the southern border:
A proposal to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to counter drug trafficking has triggered a bureaucratic standoff between the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security over the military’s role in domestic affairs, according to officials in both departments.
The debate has engaged a pair of powerful personalities, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, in what their subordinates describe as a turf fight over who should direct the use of troops to assist in the fight against Mexican cartels and who should pay for them.
At issue is a proposal to send 1,500 additional troops to the border to analyze intelligence and to provide air support and technical assistance to border agencies. The governors of Texas, Arizona, California and New Mexico made the request in January, drawing support from Napolitano but prompting objections from the Pentagon, where officials argue that it could lead to a permanent, expanded mission for the military.
No surprise there. Large organizations in general, and the government in particular, function with a certain internal tension even within their tightly defined culture. They aren’t going to argue border patrol vs no border patrol, so they argue about who is in charge.
So what does Dear Leader have to say about this?
President Obama has signaled that he is open to the idea, asking Congress for $250 million to deploy the National Guard while also saying he was “not interested in militarizing the border.” The issue, which has been stalled before a National Security Council policy committee, will be decided by the president. (emphasis mine)
You see, he doesn’t want to militarize the border. He just wants to send a bunch of people, in uniforms, who work for the government and are authorized to carry weapons for purposes of state, to the imaginary line that demarcates where the United States of America ends & Mexico begins…
Nice one. I can imagine the application of this logic in everyday life now:
-“Officer, I wasn’t speeding, I was just in my car going faster than what that sign back there says”.
-“No, honey, I didn’t stay out late getting drunk at a strip club, I simply had several beverages made from fermented grains in a gathering place where young women do clothing-optional dancing & acrobatics, and enjoyed their talents so much that I felt it an insult to leave the show early”.
-“Naw, dude, I didn’t smoke your stash, all I did was simultaneously study the effects of igniting dried marijuana leaves & measure my lung capacity”…