You are herecontent / National Guard Delay Likely to Be Examined

National Guard Delay Likely to Be Examined


National Guard Delay (no approval by WH til Thurs!) Likely to Be Examined
LINK TO ORIGINAL

WASHINGTON - Several states ready and willing to send National Guard troops to the rescue in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans didn't get the go-ahead until days after the storm struck — a delay nearly certain to be investigated by Congress.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson offered Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco help from his state's National Guard on Sunday, the day before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. Blanco accepted, but paperwork needed to get the troops en route didn't come from Washington until late Thursday.

California troops just began arriving in Louisiana on Friday, three days after flood waters devastated New Orleans and chaos broke out.

In fact, when New Orleans' levees gave way to deadly flooding on Tuesday, Louisiana's National Guard had received help from troops in only three other states: Ohio, which had nine people in Louisiana then; Oklahoma, 89; and Texas, 625, figures provided by the National Guard show.

Maj. Gen. Thomas Cutler, who leads the Michigan National Guard, said he anticipated a call for police units and started preparing them, but couldn't go until states in the hurricane zone asked them to come.

"We could have had people on the road Tuesday," Cutler said. "We have to wait and respond to their need."

The Michigan National Guard was asked for military police by Mississippi late Tuesday and by Louisiana officials late Wednesday. The state sent 182 MPs to Mississippi on Friday and had 242 headed to Louisiana on Saturday.

With many states' Guard units depleted by deployments to Iraq, Katrina's aftermath was almost certain from the beginning to require help from faraway states.

Republicans and Democrats alike in Congress are just beginning to ask why one of the National Guard's most trusted roles — disaster relief — was so uneven, delayed and chaotic this time around.

Sen. Chuck Hagel (news, bio, voting record), R-Neb., said the situation has shown major breakdowns in the nation's emergency response capabilities. "There must be some accountability in this process after the crisis is addressed," he said.

Democrat Ben Nelson, Nebraska's other senator, said he now questions National Guard leaders' earlier assertions that they had enough resources to respond to natural disasters even with the Iraq war.

"I'm going to ask that question again," Nelson said. "Do we have enough (troops), and if we do, why were they not deployed sooner?"

President Bush was asked that question Friday as he toured the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast area and said he disagrees with criticism the military is stretched too thin.

"We've got a job to defend this country in the war on terror, and we've got a job to bring aid and comfort to the people of the Gulf Coast, and we'll do both," he said.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner, R-Va., plans to make oversight of the Defense Department, the National Guard and their assistance his top priority when he returns to Washington next week from an overseas trips, spokesman John Ullyot said Friday.

Bush had the legal authority to order the National Guard to the disaster area himself, as he did after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks . But the troops four years ago were deployed for national security protection, and presidents of both parties traditionally defer to governors to deploy their own National Guardsmen and request help from other states when it comes to natural disasters.

Though slow at the beginning, out-of-state Guard help was markedly increasing by the start of the weekend. As of Friday, nearly half the states had Guard members in Louisiana, boosting the total to at least 5,600 from out of state. Hundreds more were on the way.

Michigan, which was ready to help before the storm began, was sending 500 National Guard troops Friday and Saturday to help with water purification in Mississippi and police duty in New Orleans.

Arizona didn't get a request for military police until Thursday, when it received an urgent message sent to all state National Guards by the National Guard Bureau at the request of Louisiana, said Capt. Paul Aguirre. He said the unit cannot leave Phoenix until Sunday because arriving units must arrive at a pace the receiving end can handle.

Among those headed in were several hundred from Wisconsin, where the governor took the unusual step of declaring a disaster outside his state to activate his Guard.

"This was the first time a governor ever declared a natural disaster in another state and activated to that other state," said Gov. Jim Doyle, who issued his order Wednesday. "We were ready to be deployed within 24 hours of that order."

In addition to Guard help, the federal government could have activated, but did not, a major air support plan under a pre-existing contract with airlines. The program, called Civilian Reserve Air Fleet, lets the government quickly put private cargo and passenger planes into service.

The CRAF provision has been activated twice, once for the Persian Gulf War and again for the Iraq war.

Tags

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Our government is broken. There are good qualified professionals in this country who are able to do the job. But our government is using cronyism, neopotism and party loyalty for appointees. Qualified people from the EOP have gone to other jobs for their sanity. Many to most people in this country do not have party loyalty...the Repubs have displaced them with their buddies...we now have an inept gov...sans New Orleans disaster. Richard Clarke ...Paul O'Neil are two examples of qualified people leaving government because they don't follow a party line. Listen to the press...they even define people along party line not their qualifications to make a judgement that is right. The media is as resonsible for this disaster... Why not question Chertoff and Brown's qualifications for their respecive positions? They do not have the resume. As the New Orleans Mayor said let the General run the show...he knows what he is doing. no press conferences or meetings... Our government is incompetent at the administrative level. We don't need an expensive investigation to white wash those in currently in charge...get people who know the job...not party hacks.
Stop using government payola for political funds...this is making us a weak nation and the taxpayer should not have to fund this mess...we are run like a mafia not a democracy

So were several countries around the world, including China and Holland with considerable expertise in handling floods and below water level disasters. But Bush, at least in the initial stages, said that no such help was needed or wanted.

SOMETIMES, YOU GOT TO GET CREATIVE WHEN DEALING WITH EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE'S

What we observed with FEMA DIRECTOR BROWN was a lack of ability to adjust to the circunstance's which resulted in unnecessary loss of life through neglict!

It's my understanding that New Orleans Int's rnwy's were open and serviceable most of this past week. These rnwy's are long enough to accomidate C-5 AND C-17 air lift acft.

FT RUCKER located in southern Alabama is the home of U S ARMY aviation. No more distance than approx. 300 mi from New Orleans.
The CH-47 HEAVY LIFT ROTOR WING platform helo is certainly located on FT RUCKER'S field's! THIS ROTOR WING ACFT HAS A MAX LIFT CAPACITY OF 26000 LBS!

FEMA DIRECTOR BROWN, has the authority of god and could contact command staff at FT RUCKER and request some rotor wing assets be immediatly dispatched to the NEW ORLEANS AREA for his use. HE COULD ALSO ASSESS THE NUMBER OF POTIBLE TENDER TRAILERS NOT ONLY AT FT RUCKER, BUT WITHIN A 300 OR 400 MILE RADIUS OF HIS LOCATION.

FEMA Dir Brown could also have thought more CREATIVELY, and comondered from surrounding farm supply stores those 300 to 500 gallon white plastic water tanks farmers use to transport water. These could have been transported in under belly slings by ch-47's into the dome and convention centers along with any millitary water tenders.

FEMA director brown, states his como was defective, and that his command post was never aware, as a result of defective como, that thousands of survivor's were assembled at these location's. DIR Brown states he personally was never advised that these survivor's were at these two location's till early thursday.

If DIRECTOR BROWN was aware that his como was deficient, wouldn't it be reasonable then for him to assume that he was not sufficiently aware of the tactical situation he was commanding? Would it not then be prudent to require first hand assessment of the tactical situation by getting into a small kiowa helo and make a personal observation to assess with his own eye's what the actual situation was inside the city? IF DIRECTOR BROWN WAS IN FACT SHORT OF ROTOR WING ASSETS, WHY THEN DID HE NOT EXCERCISE HIS FEMA AUTHORITY AND CONTACT NATIONAL MILLITARY COMMAND AUTHORITY, AND REQUEST MORE ROTOR WING ASSET'S BE DISPATCHED TO HIM IMMEDIATLY? (in the nbc and cnn news coverage, i didn't see but a few coast guard helos doing rescue work as far back as tue morn) DIRECTOR BROWN COULD HAVE REQUESTED THAT ONE OF THE NEWS HELOCOPTER'S PICK HIM UP AND ALLOW HIM TO DO A FLY OVER ASSESSMENT AND OBSERVE FIRST HAND THE TACTICAL SITUATION HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR!

AGAIN, FEMA REGIONAL DIRECTOR BROWN STATED HIS COMO ABILITIES WAS NOT PERFORMING TO SUFFICIENT EXPECTATION. HE COULD REASONABLELY ASSUME THEN,(or at least he should have) AS A RESULT OF HIS COMO DEFFICIENCIE'S, THAT HE MIGHT NOT BE FULLY INFORMED OF THE WHOLE TACTICAL SITUATION WITHIN NEW ORLEANS AND THE SURROUNDING AREA'S. THEREFORE, HE SHOULD HAVE CONDUCTED A PERSONAL FLY OVER ASSESSMENT MISSION. DIRECTOR BROWN FAILED TO SEE ANY NEED TO GET "PERSONALLY INVOLVED" IN ASSESSING THE SITUATION ELECTING INSTEAD TO REMAIN THERE IN BATOM ROUGE, IN HIS COMFORTIBLE AIR CONDITIONED COMMAND POST, FAT, DUMB AND IGNORANT! AS A RESULT, THERE WAS ADDITIONAL LOSS OF LIFE! ONLY PUSSIES WOULD REMAIN INSIDE THEIR COMFORTIBLE A/C COMMAND POST. A GOOD COMMANDER WOULD GET OUT THERE AND RECON THE AREA FOR HIMSELF.

Sometimes, you've got to operate outside the normal envelope and get creative, REALLY CREATIVE, and adjust to the situation your dealing with. And it certainly appears that the OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND FEMA IS NOT TO ABLE TO GET CREATIVE OR TO PROPERLY ADJUST TO SITUATION'S.

BUT THIS SAT MORNING, IM WONDERING THIS. If there had been 100,000 armed citizens that had seized control of NEW ORLEANS,(instead of a natural distaster) would the ground have trembled from the approach of immediatly dispatched AIR ASSETS to deal with this seizure? ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON? think about that. i welcome any aposing views to what i've stated here in this post. thank you very much**HUMPHREY**

THE POST TITLED"THE GOV IS BROKEN"**HUMPHREY**

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Support WarIsACrime



Donate.








Tweet your Congress critters here.


Advertise on this site!




Facebook      Twitter





Our Stores:























Movie Memorabilia.



The log-in box below is only for bloggers. Nobody else will be able to log in because we have not figured out how to stop voluminous spam ruining the site. If you would like us to have the resources to figure that out please donate. If you would like to receive occasional emails please sign up. If you would like to be a blogger here please send your resume.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.