posted on Apr, 21 2006 @ 04:49 PM
US military is under civilian control, and president is commander-in-chief. How such power is used depends on how civilians are willing to use
military. Stretching "common defence" to mean invading Iraq is a long stretch, for example. One can always come up with a pretext for foreign
invasion as "protecting" America, nay, "American interest", which one general did admit is oil. If Mexican pottery is found to be an American
interest, we invade Mexico.
Now, using the National Guard on foreign soil to "defend" us makes me more fearful, as National Guard has traditionally helped out (effectively) on
American soil in times of disaster.
I would say misuse.