Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:12 pm
The NRP specifies how the resources of the Federal Government will work in concert with State, local, and tribal governments and the private sector to respond to Incidents of National Significance. "
Have you digested what this means...ONLY AFTER THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAS MADE A DECISION.
We are the United STATES.
Meanwhile, was it George Bush that didn't have a mandatory evacuation till a week later? Was it George Bush that let 500 busses flood? Was it George Bush who put the people in the Superdome without food and water? Was it George Bush who didn't make a plea to every surrounding state on day ONE? Was it George Bush who didn't utilize the National Guard that was available to clean up the mess that local police IGNORED
Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:45 pm
Bush, the governor later recalled, was reassuring. But the conversation was all a little vague. Blanco did not specifically ask for a massive intervention by the active-duty military. "She wouldn't know the 82nd Airborne from the Harlem Boys' Choir," said an official in the governor's office, who did not wish to be identified talking about his boss's conversations with the president.
The denial and the frustration finally collided aboard Air Force One on Friday. As the president's plane sat on the tarmac at New Orleans airport, a confrontation occurred that was described by one participant as "as blunt as you can get without the Secret Service getting involved."
A debate over "federalizing" the National Guard had been rattling in Washington for the previous three days. Normally, the Guard is under the control of the state governor, but the Feds can take over—if the governor asks them to. Nagin suggested that Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, the Pentagon's on-scene commander, be put in charge. According to Senator Vitter, Bush turned to Governor Blanco and said, "Well, what do you think of that, Governor?" Blanco told Bush, "I'd rather talk to you about that privately." To which Nagin responded, "Well, why don't you do that now?"
The meeting broke up. Bush and Blanco disappeared to talk. More than a week later, there was still no agreement. Blanco didn't want to give up her authority, and Bush didn't press.
WWL: What do you need right now to get control of this situation?
NAGIN: I need reinforcements, I need troops, man. I need 500 buses, man. We ain't talking about -- you know, one of the briefings we had, they were talking about getting public school bus drivers to come down here and bus people out here.
I'm like, "You got to be kidding me. This is a national disaster. Get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans."
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genesim wrote:In other words...why don't I just think like you.
President Bush taking blame doesn't prove anything, but him being pollitical.
Yes I read what you wrote, and you "admitting" Blanco and Nagin negligence doesn't undo all you have targeted before.
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Wed Sep 21, 2005 5:25 am
genesim wrote:I simply don't know what the administration did that was so wrong.
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genesim wrote:Gee Doc..that sure took alot of "wit".
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