Hagel Critical of Bush's Nat. Guard Border Plan
On "THIS WEEK," Chuch Hagel said he doesn't believe in Bush's plan to send the National Guard down to our borders. Neither does Arnold. O'Reilly does. It sure sounds like a cheap trick to calm his base.
(h/t David Edwards-rough transcript)
Hagel: I think we have to be very careful here. That's not the role of our military. That's not the role of our National Guard. Let's approach this in a long term way where we fix the problem. That's a short term fix and I'm not sure that's a very wise fix. ...We've got 75% of the equipment of the National Guard, [from] all across this country, is in Iraq. We've got National Guard members on their second, third and fourth tours in Iraq. We have stretched our military as thin as we have ever seen it in modern times. What in the world are we talking about here -- sending the National Guard that we may not have any capacity to send-up/down to protect borders. That's not their role. I'll listen to the President, but I've got a lot of questions about this
George: But, you're very skeptical.
Hagel: I'm skeptical..
TP has a little more.