posted on Sep, 9 2005 @ 01:51 AM
The ultimate irony of the NO disaster is that the very same people who think that Bush is an evil dictator -- and who are blaming him for the NO
disaster -- don't realize that he wasn't in command of the troops in New Orleans because of a law that was designed to protect america's domestic
system of federalism, civilian rights, and state-fed blanace of power.
Basically... In the US laws exist that prevent Federal military forces from engaging in combat with american civilians... unless a state of
insurrection is declared. Bush... whom everyone has bashed for not storming into NO... was legally restricted from doing so with Federal combat
Now... he could have taken over the command in NO from Blanco -- who was not going to give up her command... but, if he had done so, he would now be
getting attacked as a dictator by the same critics who are complaining that he didn't take over.
All in all, one can argue that Bush prevented a John Titor style dictatorship from developing because he did not push Blanco to the side.
from the NYTIMES:
"Aides to Ms. Blanco said she was prepared to accept the deployment of active-duty military officials in her state. But she and other state officials
balked at giving up control of the Guard as Justice Department officials said would have been required by the Insurrection Act if those combat troops
were to be sent in before order was restored.
"In a separate discussion last weekend, the governor also rejected a more modest proposal for a hybrid command structure in which both the Guard and
active-duty troops would be under the command of an active-duty, three-star general - but only after he had been sworn into the Louisiana National