10. Work with Other Governors to Prevent Our National Guard from Ever Being Sent to a Foreign War.
According to the U.S. Government,
"The National Guard has a unique dual mission, with both federal and state responsibilities. During peacetime, Guard forces are commanded by the governor through a state adjutant general. The governor can call the Guard into action during local or state-wide emergencies, such as storms, drought and civil disturbances. In addition, the President can activate the National Guard to participate in federal missions, both domestically and overseas. When federalized, Guard units fall under the same military chain of command as active duty and reserve troops."
Geoff Young and Josh French believe that because the US is not officially at war with any country, the President (whoever it may be) should have no authority whatsoever to send any National Guard units into any foreign war.
During the 1980s, when President Reagan sought to send National Guard troops to Central America, several Democratic governors, including Toney Anaya of New Mexico and Joseph Brennan of Maine, refused to send their troops, triggering a legal battle.
The Christian Science Monitor in 1986 summarized the situation:
"Governor Brennan took the lead in January when he refused a federal request to have his Army Guard participate in a road-building exercise in central Honduras. The governors of Ohio and Arizona subsequently turned down requests to send National Guard units from their states to maneuvers, and two other governors said they would not send their Guard to Honduras if they were asked.
Honduras plays a crucial role in Washington’s war against Nicaragua’s Sandinista government. The US-backed contra rebels are based in Honduras, American forces have built airstrips and radar facilities around the country, and US troops have held several large-scale maneuvers in Honduras since 1983.
Alarmed by the governors’ rebellion, the Reagan administration moved to cut the mutiny short. In July, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs James H. Webb Jr. told a Senate subcommittee that “the governors’ authority has become a vehicle to debate or influence foreign policy.”
Many of the Nation’s Governors continued to assert greater control over National Guard troops, as reported by the Chicago Tribune at the time:
"The nation's governors do not normally get excited over questions of foreign policy or defense, but they are now asserting their right to have a say over them, at least to the extent that National Guard units are concerned. A resolution adopted at the national governors' conference says that governors alone have the right to decide how guard units will be used and where they will be sent.
Washington still may nationalize guard units in time of war or other emergency. But short of that, the governors claim, in effect, veto power. If the Defense Department wants a state's National Guard sent on an overseas training mission, the new resolution would require approval of the governor of that state. And the destination had better not be Central America."
We simply do not trust any president to use our National Guard people in any foreign war. If necessary, The Young/French Administration will refuse federal funds for the Kentucky National Guard and will order them not to cooperate with any president who wants to send them out of the United States to fight in an illegal US war of aggression, for example, in Iraq, Syria, Korea, Iran, or Africa.