Monday, September 05, 2005

I'm going to post this here since I had been planning to discuss this at and they have a big gag rule on politics and religion. I respect the rules of their site and won't be saying any of this there, but they can pop in and see my true opinions at any time.

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:

State Area Command
61st Troop Command
256th Infantry Brigade (Mech) Deployed
225th Engineer Group
204th Air Traffic Services Group
199th Leadership Regiment
62nd WMD CST - Carville

Jackson Barracks, New Orleans, LA

Official Homepage
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.


Blogger The Seriously Ill said...

You left out some shit, like that FEMA's website clearly states that it has primary responsibility for natural disasters on a national scale. If ever there was a disaster on a national scale. this is it. FEMA and Homeland Security chiefs have outright lied about much, including that the state failed to declare an emergency. Truth is the Louisiana declared an emergency before the hurricane hit. The letter is available all over the Internet. They also claimed that the posse comitatus act prevented the use of federal troops. This is a lie for several reasons. 1. The troops, even if the posse comitatus applied, could be used for non-law enforcement or law enforcement support roles; 2. Posse comitatus only applies to the Air Force and Army, not the Marines, Navy or Coast Guard, read the act; 3. the posse comitatus has many constitutional and statutory exclusions, and disasters is one of them; and 4. it shouldn't have taken four fucking days to cross the t's and dot the i's. Bush and his unqualified appointees fucked up

12:43 AM  
Blogger James said...

Your lack of punctuation seems to have me misunderstanding your logic.

I agree, the people from FEMA were overwhelmed and out of their league. I completely agree that the concept of FEMA should be rethought.

I agree with your statement that aa State of Emergency was declaired before the desaster hit. Saturday Night the idiot mayor did tell everyone to leave.

Did he make Transportation available? Did he request Marine, Navy or Coast Guard support? No. Neither he nor the Governor requested help for the evacuation.

As for your posse comitas issues, you are proving my point. Thank you.

I will recap my position. The local leaders who have jurisdiction did not ask for help and based on current reports even caused several delays.

The governor took 24 hours to review a propsed action plan that looked too dificult for her to understand? (I will get dates if you haven't heard of this.)

Don't lay this at Bush's feet. State, Local, and FEMA are all to blame.

In fact I'd say that as soon as Bush started sending in troops things got better for the survivors.

9:47 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home