Course I do think it's a bit silly considering the whole reason I like the Battletech universe is the Politics and the Religion. Which they can't talk about there, but was a major part of the house books back in the day.
Anyway, About New Orleans. My sincere sympathy to any and all who have lost loved ones. My wife didn't drive until she was 23 and I know that with proper busses and nearby facilities she didn't need to in Chicago, and many of the folks in New Orleans were in the same boat.
The proper time to call in the National Guard would have been Saturday Night. Course the Mayor was doing what exactly? Where was the Governor of the State who could have called them out that day, or the next?
A hypothetical for the Battletech Universe:
Let's say the Mayor of Bobsville on some backwater planet in the Draconis March has a nuke plant go boom. The Mayor of Bobville normally calls the Duke of Backwater Planet number 82 and the planetary militia is sent to help out. Where does Hanse Davion fit in?
Unless something goes horribly wrong on the local level, he doesn't.
Thus endeth the hypothetical.
I think waiting 4 days to let the people in charge screw up and then swooping in to save as many lives is appropriate.
I think that standing in front of a camera in a t-shirt and screaming about how people didn't move fast enough would be a bad display of leadership.
I think that if my hypothetical mayor of Bobville did it, MIIO would have taken care of the problem too... but that's beside the point.
Here are the facts:
Today's Louisiana Army and Air National Guard consists of 74 units spread among 43 cities and towns of the state and numbers some 11,500 Army and Air Guardsmen. As a result
of various reorganizations the present Army Guard is composed of a State Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 204th Area Support Group, the 256th Separate Infantry Brigade, the 225th Engineer Group and various Medical, Maintenance, Aviation, Military Police, Armored Cavalry and Special Forces units and the 156th Army Band.
The National Guard of the United States is the only component of the Armed Forces with a dual federal - state role. The Guard is organized, trained and equipped to be available in times of national emergency, upon the call of the President. It can also be called upon by the Governor for state duty, to preserve peace and order and protect life and property in the event of natural disasters or civil disturbances. The federal Government is responsible for equipping, training and paying the Guardsmen (except the state pays them for active state duty). The state is also responsible for providing
Guard personnel and training facilities.
From the same site
On March 1st, 2004 the 256th Infantry Brigade as alerted for likely deployment to Iraq in late 2004 or early 2005, along with the 42nd Infantry Division, the 116th Armored Brigade, and 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment. The units in question are to be mobilized in the months following in order to conduct training necessary to their mission in Iraq.
So to recap. Here's the grand total of The Lousiana Guard:
Jackson Barracks, New Orleans, LA
Louisiana Army National Guard (Currently Down)
No, they're not "All" in Iraq, libs. And Bush isn't to blame. The Mayor, and the Governor who waited with their thumbs in their mouths are to blame. The Engineers were there. The base is IN the city.