If this were baseball, the government would be hitting below the Mendoza Line:
On the deadline to have 2,500 troops along the Mexican border, the National Guard said Friday that only 483 were in position and working with the U.S. Border Patrol as the Bush administration had directed.
But Guard officials said more than 2,000 others were somewhere inside the four southwestern border states, training or helping plan the deployment. Bush administration officials argued Friday that the presence of troops in those states spelled success in the first stage of the mission.
By this standard, my D- in freshman physics should have been a B+, at least.