Saturday, July 25, 2009

Bush White House Considered Using Troops On U.S. Soil Vs Terrorists

There are those who think that as president, George W. Bush lacked intellect and common sense and that he was just taking his cue from then-Vice President Cheney. But this story shows that, not only was he the man in charge, but that he knew, sometimes at least, where to draw the line over some of the more obvious transgressions proposed by his advisers.

According to the New York Times, Cheney and other aides to the president proposed using U.S. troops to go after a band of suspected terrorists near Buffalo.

I don't know about Cheney, but my recollection of how things work legally in the United States is that the police handle law enforcement issues on U.S. soil. Troops are used to go after terrorists, enemy combatants and rival armies elsewhere.

I guess if we were to be invaded by Mexican or Canadian troops it would be OK to deploy the military. But Cheney and his cohorts were clearly delusional about the role troops play in the United States when they made this proposal in 2002. Thank God, the president, for all his faults, rejected this proposal. It makes one wonder how many other plans Cheney proposed that pushed the boundaries of the very Constitution he took an oath to uphold.


Anonymous said...

What's the essential difference between your hypothetical Canadian or Mexican armies and an army more organized than General Washington's who all come from the same source countries as the 9/11/01 terrorists?

Gary Baumgarten said...

I make my comments based on Constitutional grounds.

Thankfully for the sake of us all President Bush shared the same reservations.