Guard and Reserve units are ?not ready? for action March 7, 2007

by Will

When our nation was attacked on September 11, 2001, our military ? particularly the National Guard and Reserves -- was already critically overstretched because of ongoing peacekeeping operations in the Balkans, Asia, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

With ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the prospect of a broader war in the Persian Gulf, the demands on our National Guard and Reserves have become unsustainable.

Last week, a 13-member Commission on the National Guard and Reserves, established by Congress in 2005, reported that nearly 90 percent of Guard and Reserve units are ?not ready? for action in domestic crises, or for deployment abroad. Equipment shortages, inadequate training, and increasing difficulty in recruitment and retention of personnel have severely compromised the Guard and Reserves.

This isn't because of a lack of money. Historian Andrew Bacevitch, a West Point graduate and Vietnam veteran, points out that In 2002, American defense spending exceeded the combined military spending of all other nations in the world.

The problem isn't that our military is too small. It's that the unconstitutional demands placed on it are much too big.

Let us stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free.

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