It, evidently, started with President Regan, where the NG could get modern weapons, but they had to agree to serve wherever the Pentagon needed them.
This was not a problem, until the 1990's when both Bushes, used them as a "backdoor draft," for Iraq and Afghanistan.
Up until then the NG was happy fighting fires, flooding, and earthquake's. As usual they did and do a great job.
Now, that President Obama is downsizing our troops in Irag and proposing to reduce our military in Afghanistan----It is time to bring our National Guard home.
It's not that they have been just used as backup and front line troops, but they has been abused by our government.
Some troops have served three and four tours at these misguided wars.
The aftermath of deaths, injuries and PTSD have created a bottomless pit of domestic terror for these individuals.
Clearly, the upper crust of the GOP, are too busy playing golf and protecting BP, to get involved.
It is therefore up to the Democratic Party, to get involved in bringing home the National Guard.