Continuing to dig a rhetorical hole to China on questions over his running mate’s experience, John McCain claimed this weekend that Sarah Palin’s authority over the Alaska National Guard is another firm example of her foreign policy credentials.
However, according to the same Politico article:
[Governors] don’t have any command role in overseas deployments, or in the national security and foreign policy decisions surrounding them. That’s the prerogative of the president.
Governors are commanders of their state National Guard units, but their roles are restricted to deployments of soldiers and airmen within their states, said Randy Noller, a spokesman for the National Guard Bureau, the federal defense agency that oversees the Army and Air National Guards.
Thank you for playing, Senator.