Listening to the local Neocon network (Rush, Hannity, etc) you'd swear that everything is just peachy in how things are evolving. Maybe if I was a
braindead luddite that doesn't read the news it would be.
This may be the worst national disaster in US history, meanwhile the majority of our guard units are sitting in Iraq.
Did someone miss the point what "National Guard" actually means, like the enitire federal government?
Pray we don't get another hurricane before the season is over with this inept bunch of fools in charge.
"My guess is that it will start at 10,000, but that is only a guess," Vitter said, adding that he was not basing his remarks on any official death
toll or body count.
Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, also called for the immediate deployment of regular US combat troops in New Orleans, saying the build-up of National
Guard troops was too slow to quickly restore order.
Such a step would require Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco to formally request the dispatch of federal army soldiers, a highly unusual step.
Blanco said on Thursday that she had asked for 40,000 troops, the majority of which are National Guard units from Louisiana and elsewhere.
Five-thousand National Guard troops are expected to be on the ground in violence-wracked New Orleans by late Friday, military leaders said.
But Vitter said that timeline could be too slow, amid reports that bands of armed men are roaming the streets in the city, which is 80 percent
submerged in floods brought in by a storm tide after the hurricane hit on Monday.
Vitter, speaking to reporters at the emergency response center in Baton Rouge, also said he gave the federal government a grade 'F' for its response
to the disaster so far.
[edit on 2-9-2005 by Regenmacher]