Now with the New Orleans levees and floodwalls having been breached in hurricane Katrina's aftermath local, regional, and state resources are even more overwhelmed. And there is even more need for a full mobilization of federal resources -- civil and military.
Meanwhile (a) during the critical few days before hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast, (b) while Katrina was hitting the Gulf coast, and (c) in the aftermath of Katrina through this morning, President George Bush had been vacationing at his Texas ranch and giving a political speech. Bush was vacationing at a time of major catastrophe and disaster in our country -- a time when our full Air, Army, Coast Guard, Marine, and Naval forces should have been on their way to New Orleans and the Gulf coast to render aid -- a full and complete mobilization.
Moreover, that full mobilization of federal civil and military resources should already have been in New Orleans and the rest of the affected Gulf coast areas. They were not and are not. And even though some federal assets are there and some more federal assets are on the way, the civil and military assets mobilized and in place so far are woefully inadequate to do the job that must be done.
The U. S. Coast Guard people that are on site in the U. S. Gulf coast are doing a great job with the assets they have there. Those people are heroes. The problem is that not enough of them are on site.
We probably need at least 100,000 Air, Army, Coast Guard, Marine, and Naval forces personnel on site to do the job quickly and effectively. And we need them there immediately. We needed them there yesterday!
Saving life has to be the number one priority. Include not only rescue and medical operations in that priority, but also include evacuating people to safe, sanitary, and adequate areas and facilities. Moreover, we need enough assets in theater (face it, right now the Gulf coast is a war zone) so that the other work can be done without draining resources from the life saving operations. However, there are not even enough assets in place, in theater, now do to do the basic life-saving work.
The number 2 priority is plugging the holes in the New Orleans levee and floodwall system and getting New Orleans drained. But while doing that, we need to have thousands of troops:
As we go to press with this article we are hearing reports of some mobilization of federal civil and military forces. But what we are hearing is too little too late. It is unconscionable that at the very least the federal mobilization being reported now was not in place as soon as Katrina had moved inland from the U. S. Gulf coast.
In the few days before Katrina hit the Gulf coast and New Orleans, George Bush should have been at work in the White House getting the advance work done and making plans for helping once Katrina had swept through the Gulf coast:
Unfortunately for the people that have been killed, wounded, left homeless, and so forth along the Gulf coast, like Nero fiddling while Rome burned, Bush was fiddling around on his Texas ranch and giving political speeches -- while New Orleans and the Gulf coast was and is being destroyed and suffering from the aftermath of Katrina.
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