Governor Kathleen Sebelius says the war in Iraq has exposed holes in domestic disaster response like the one currently underway in tornado-ravaged Kansas. Half of the state’s National Guard is in Iraq. “I don’t think there is any question if you are missing trucks, Humvees, and helicopters that the response is going to be slower. The real victims here will be the residents of Greensburg because the recovery will be at a slower pace.”
White House Spokesman Tony Snow said the National Guard has the equipment positioned around the country to respond to disasters when requested by the states. “There has been a tremendous amount of help on the scene already, frankly, when it comes to what’s been going on with the tornado. FEMA certainly has been actively engaged and the administration is doing whatever it can. And, if there’s need for equipment it will arrive.”
Randy Noller, spokesman for the National Guard Bureau, said equipment needs have been an ongoing issue since the war began. He said there had been repeated requests to replace equipment that was sent to Iraq.
Governor Sebelius had written the Pentagon and spoke about the issue with Bush when she met him in January, 2006. “He assured me that he had additional equipment in his budget a year ago. What the Defense Department said then and continues to say is that the states will get about 90% of what they had. Meanwhile, it doesn’t get any better. I’m at a loss.”
Information from Army Times
I guess Governor Sebelius suffers from the problem of logic. If a high proportion of your equipment is in Iraq, one must logically conclude there is a lack of equipment in Kansas. Such logic is beyond the comprehension of the fools who got us into the Iraq War. Anyway, I think Kansas people should sleep well tonight knowing that FEMA is in charge. “Great job, Brownie,” said our dear President about the mess in New Orleans.