ARMED FORCES: Home Guards?

Nothing is so calculated to outrage the U.S. National Guard as a suggestion that its wartime role should be that of a home-defense force—and when the National Guard is outraged, Congress is sure to hear about it. Guard leaders on such occasions can be counted on to identify themselves with the original Minute Men, point with pride to their organization's long history, and cinch their argument with a slogan, e.g., "There will always be a National Guard." This week the slogans were falling like raindrops.

When the decision was made to gear the...

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