Reports have it that part of Obama's planned infrastructure and service program is a national police force. Though the idea is not new with him; Mexico is currently evaluating such a move.
Today we were informed that Bush 43's Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, has been wooed by the Obama administration to remain put for a couple of years.
Now we're told that Gates wants... 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. [CRIB emphasis; Yahoo! News]We must remember that a national police force was instrumental in the rise of Hitler to power in Nazi Germany. I believe the same is true of Stalinist Russia. (others)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.I can't see the future or into the hearts of men but I do know this: history is filled with the tormented futures of many generations led to disaster by men with dark and evil hearts ... most of them proclaiming to have the best interest of their compatriots at heart.
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.
In response, Gates said that indeed the Guard and Reserves are an integral part of the force and have assumed a greater role in military operations. And he pressed his top leaders to review the training that active duty and reserve troops receive for homeland defense and civil support missions, as opposed to the warfighting now consuming them.