The U.S. Army has launched an inquiry into how and why active duty troops from Fort Rucker, Ala., came to be placed on the streets of Samson, Ala., during last week's murder spree in that tiny South Alabama community. The use of the troops was a possible violation of federal law.
We are being reassured that all the troops did was help direct traffic and keep people out of a massive crime scene. The cops were short handed.
Then you call in the fire department. It's a whole crew of trained local folks who are accustomed to directing traffic and keeping people away from areas where they don't belong.
Somebody is trying to get us used to the sight of soldiers patrolling the streets. I don't like it.