Friday, September 5, 2008

Orders to the Alaska National Guard Not from Sarah Palin

When Republicans introduced Sarah Palin to the audience at the RNC, they touted her executive experience -- something no one else seems to have. To show how capable she was to lead, they said that she is commander-in-chief of the Alaska National Guard.

But a recent McClatchy report shows that Palin never issued any orders to the National Guard in her state. As long as troops are called up for federal service, Palin has no authority over the troops. Her authority over the state's National Guard extends to in-state national disasters and emergencies. In the two years that she has been governor, Palin hasn't commanded the troops in such an instance. So I guess her executive experience commanding troops is a bit oversold.

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