They can’t oppose the war as they don’t oppose the war…. 9 May 2007Posted by marisacat in Culture of Death, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Iraq War, WAR!.
I am sure there are more glaring examples but this one hit me over the head yesterday… because, as we did not ‘learn from Vietnam’, we sure the hell did not ‘learn from Katrina’.
Happened to catch Sibelius, Democratic governor of KS, specifically on PBS’ The News Hour to talk about lack of equipment and resources in KS, due to NG being deployed in Iraq. Well, Hell. She mumbled, she fumbled: she ran the clock. She had best go back to recruiting Republicans (bagged 6 last I read)…
I was left thinking — what if SLC mayor, Rocky Anderson had had the opportunity to call out lack of equipment, sent to foreign war, when it is to defend, save and protect AMERICANS.
Yes.. what if…
BTW, she was worse in the flesh than the transcript indicates… Governor Maid.
So sold out.
National Guard’s performance
RAY SUAREZ: Governor, let’s turn to the role of the National Guard. You’ve raised concerns in the last few days that the Guard’s response was hampered because some equipment and resources have been deployed to Iraq. The White House took issue with that today. Let’s listen to what Press Secretary Tony Snow had to say about conversations you had with key federal officials, including Frances Townsend, the president’s assistant on homeland security.
TONY SNOW, White House Press Secretary: The governor said that she had what she needs. She did repeat her testimony that she’s been raising the issue about DOD for a number of years, in terms of National Guard deployments. And Fran again said, “Is there anything you need to respond effectively to this disaster?” The governor responded, “No, we could not have asked for a faster response. Dave Paulson was terrific yesterday.”Fran asked a third time. “I want to make sure that we’re saying the same thing. Is there anything else you needed for a fast and effective response to the disaster?” And the governor said, “We’ve got to get power and water running. I’ve got what I need. I’ve got your number. I won’t be shy. We’ll call if I need anything.”
RAY SUAREZ: Well, Governor, you heard it there, the White House saying that you’ve told the federal government you have everything you need. Do you?
GOV. KATHLEEN SEBELIUS: Well, I told Fran today, “I had no idea Tony Snow was on our conversation.” But I did tell Fran today that I was very pleased with the rapid response and grateful for the attention of the White House and Homeland Security. I’ve spoken to Secretary Chertoff. All of that is very good news. And we look forward to welcoming the president here to Kansas tomorrow.
I also told her that I intended to keep making the case about National Guard equipment, not only in Kansas, but around the country. You know, Ray, when I was in Iraq in November of 2005, I was given a list, an equipment list by our engineering company who were about to return to Kansas. They gave me a list of equipment that wouldn’t be coming back with them.
And it was such concern of the guys over there that they said, “I want to highlight for you what we need to respond to tornadoes, and snowstorms, and ice storms in Kansas, what we’re going to leave behind on the ground that we won’t have back in Kansas.” And I really started then to join fellow governors in raising this concern.
No question that National Guard equipment is missing, in this four-year war, across the country. What my adjutant general told me yesterday is that, with all of our assets, we can take care of what’s going on in Greensburg, Kansas, right now. We’ve gotten offers of help and support, not only from FEMA, but fellow governors.
But he said, “Governor, I have to tell you, if we have an additional incident,” and at that point the storm shelters were still open about the floods, he said, “If we get called upon again, I’m going to have to ask you to make a choice. Which place do you want us to be? Which place do you want our equipment to be?”
That’s a terrible choice for anybody to make. That’s the point about the missing equipment. Yes, right now in Greensburg, Kansas, we’re OK. What if the storm comes back in two days and hits my neighbors in Oklahoma and Colorado? What about the missing equipment in Colorado and California…
Using neighboring states’ forces
RAY SUAREZ: Well, let me jump in right there, Governor, because one of the things the federal authorities have said is that you are part of a plan that can call on neighboring state forces to help you when you’re short. Is that not sufficient?
GOV. KATHLEEN SEBELIUS: It is not sufficient, Ray, when all of us are in the same strapped condition. Recently, General Blum, the national commander for National Guard units across the country, testified in Congress about this very serious shortage for every state in the country.Today, the Armed Service Readiness Subcommittee unanimously — Republicans and Democrats — approved additional resources for Guard equipment at home.You know, I was sworn in as governor in January of 2003. Two months later, we went to Iraq, and Kansas National Guard troops and troops across the country have been deployed ever since. There are about 40 percent of the troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I am so proud of the role our men and women play, and they do it selflessly. They are citizen soldiers. And I’m proud of my role as commander-in-chief of the National Guard. But, frankly, they’re being asked currently to do two jobs, used in a way they’ve never been used before in the history of the country, in the history of the Guard. And they only have equipment to do one.
RAY SUAREZ: Well, as you mentioned, Governor, you’ll be sharing your concerns with the president tomorrow. I’m sorry, our time is short. Thank you very much for joining us.
GOV. KATHLEEN SEBELIUS: I will be. Thank you.
It so needed short punchy declarative ACCUSING sentences. Did not happen.