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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

A Real Mission To Accomplish

Hey, I've got a good idea. Let's bring the troops home from Iraq to help with the Katrina hurricane relief effort. President Bush has said both situations will take "years" to address, and I think it's more important to rebuild all of those communities, as well as deal with the seeming destruction of New Orleans. Most Americans would prefer to end the war, and this is more than ample justification. And Dubya wouldn't need to use a string if lies and attacks on our personal freedoms in order to accomplish this mission. Just a lot of hard work, which he claims to know about.


Anonymous Chandler Otis said...

The military may be stretched too thin right now, since the Bush administration has sent both the Army Reserves and various National Guard units(which are supposed to deal with emergencies like Katrina) over to Iraq.

In order to save money, the Bush administration has extended both tours of duty and enlistments, and the troops are feeling the stress.

Now, with a true national emergency, we don't have enough resources because the Neo-cons started a war, gleefully predicting it would be an easy war and we would be out of Iraq quickly.

They committed not just our Regular Army, but our Reserves and National Guard, both of which are supposed to be just that, reserves to be used only when the unexpected happens.

These idiots have sent most of our strength to Iraq, never mindful of a basic rule of war, the unexpected not only can happen, it more often than not does.

This time, the unexpected was not an attack by a human enemy, but Mother Nature, who has done far more damage than any terrorist could possibly do.

God save us from these Neo-cons before they can screw up something else.

9:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of money ... I just read "The Philadelphia Daily News" Web article about the skimming ... er, redirecting of money from the ongoing New Orleans levee shoring-up project to fund other things. Can you guess what those "other things" are? Hint: A nation in the Middle East. Curious? Read about The Lake Pontchartrain project and the "New Orleans Times-Picayune's" 2004 series at the "Philadelphia Daily News" Web site. Or go to the Air America Radio Web site where there's a link. I close with a quote that leads the article (another enticing hint): "It appears that the money has been moved in the president’s budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that’s the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can’t be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us."
-- Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; New Orleans Times-Picayune, June 8, 2004.

A longish article, but well worth reading....

9:28 PM

Blogger Colin Whitworth said...

Thanks for the info, folks.

9:17 PM


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