Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Brother, Can You Spare a Humvee?

Is anyone in the White House really listening to the "generals on the ground," as The Leader urges?

Last month, almost no one paid any attention when U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) decried what Bush's Iraq war has done to rob readiness from our Florida National Guard, as revealed in this GAO report. This month, the state of Kansas was the first to feel the effect when a tornado devastated Greensburg, Kansas:

Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the state’s adjutant general, said the Kansas National Guard’s equipment had been reduced about one-third from prewar levels, which were already low.

Bunting said that the Guard had the resources to handle the Greensburg cleanup but that the initial response was slowed somewhat by equipment shortages. He added that those resources were being stretched to the limit in Greensburg.

Over the weekend, he said, Kansas officials had real concerns about the potential for more tornadoes and major flooding elsewhere.

“The reality is, we should be able to do two or three (disasters) at the same time,” Bunting said. “Now we can do one and maybe one more small one. It just leaves you pretty tight.”

What do you suppose was the response of the Bush White House? Attack the messenger.

It's a good thing sub-tropical Andrea seems unlikely to test the readiness of the Florida National Guard. The "Commander Guy" has made sure we'll flunk.

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