Monday :: May 7, 2007

Kansas National Guard Hampered In Rescue Efforts Because Of Iraq


by Steve

AP photo of Greensburg, Kansas

The tragedy from Friday’s tornadoes in Kansas and nearby states is evident for all to see. Adding insult to injury are the rhetorical responses from the White House, and the administration's role in complicating the rescue and recovery efforts due to Bush's occupation of Iraq.

So much debris is piled up that FEMA can’t get into the town to set up temporary housing and water systems. And why can't FEMA still figure out how to do its job, and why can't the Kansas National Guard do theirs? Because they are in Iraq.

In Kansas, the governor said the state’s response was limited by the shifting of emergency equipment, such as tents, trucks and semitrailers, to the war in Iraq.
“Not having the National Guard equipment, which used to be positioned in various parts of the state, to bring in immediately is really going to handicap this effort to rebuild,” Sebelius said.
Sharon Watson, a spokeswoman for the adjutant general’s office, which manages state resources during emergencies, said the state has a shortage of heavy equipment transport trailers, pallet-sized loading systems, Humvees, dump trucks and other large equipment that would be help move massive amount of debris.
“We are never at 100 percent because we are allocated a certain amount from the National Guard Bureau. With the war, we are much shorter than we would be. We have about 40 percent of what is allocated,” Watson said.
She said the state has a shortage of heavy equipment transport trailers, pallet-sized loading systems, Humvees, dump trucks and other large equipment that would be help move massive amount of debris.

Of course, the state's two Republican senators (Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts) and three House members all continue to support Bush's war and the deployment of the state's Guard in Iraq. Perhaps they can explain that to their constituents today.

And perhaps someone can ask the White House to stop treating every disaster as another opportunity for hokey rhetoric.

“There’s a certain spirit in the Midwest of our country, a pioneer spirit that still exists, and I’m confident this community will be rebuilt,” the president said.

Pioneer spirit? A whole town has been blown off the face of the earth, and the best you guys can do is to spew more of the canned drivel that could have come from a Chevy truck commercial?

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