So, I'm surprised that I haven't seen any real mention of Sen. McCain's proposal to create a civilian national security force. That this hasn't gotten coverage just drips with media intent to get him elected. I was going to just paraphrase it, but the quote is just all that much more disturbing: So, it appears that his intent is to create a $550 billion force (rough estimate of the DoD budget if Iraq funding is excluded. I would suggest that he would cut the military budget, but both candidates are clearly not going to make the misstap of proposing that. And, now that your rightous indignation is built up, I should mention it is Sen. Obama, not McCain, who is proposing this. I'm sure there are some who will defend this, some who will excuse it, and some who will condemn it. Had it been McCain, I'd like to think I would have stood in opposition. Those who would excuse it are possibly the most disconcerting, as I can't believe anybody would be so blinded as to overlook the combination of this and the FISA vote.