No Cuts to the Guard?
Added Rep. John Murtha D-Pa.: "You can mark my words. They're not going to cut the National Guard."
His point is that lawmakers will not allow it, even though Congress is controlled by Bush's own Republican Party.
In fact, a bipartisan group of 75 senators said in a letter Thursday to the president that they "strongly oppose these proposals."
From the Capitol to statehouses, Republicans and Democrats are making the argument that the country's ability to defend itself would suffer under the Pentagon's plan, given reservists' major roles in Iraq and hurricane recovery.
The restructuring also will run into this political reality: Lawmakers are fiercely protective of citizen-soldier units that bring jobs and pride to their hometowns.
Fights over other Pentagon proposals are brewing and could prove a tough sell for Bush, especially because budget pressures from the wars, hurricane recovery and federal deficits are forcing even the military to live with smaller spending increases than it might like.
75 Senators! Must feel good for those Republican guys to finally stand up to the boss, eh?