Flood of Incompetence

Wouldn’t it be nice if, during this time of a national environmental crisis, in which towns are being leveled by tornadoes and swept away by floods, we had some sort of force – a National Guard, perhaps – to help these towns and cities clean up and rebuild?  Wouldn’t it have been wonderful is some past President had thought of a situation in which we might need such a “Reserve Army” if you will, and had made provisions for such a thing?  And if a President had done so, wouldn’t it be a little irresponsible (maybe even slightly criminal) for a current President to commit that force elsewhere, out of the country which they had taken an oath to serve, to fight a foreign enemy on foreign soil and leave them there for an extended length of time, even when they are needed despareately at home?  Might that not be a reason for impeachment, especially if it had happened more than once during a particular President’s term?


6 Responses to “Flood of Incompetence”

  1. June 17, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    We have it, it is doing it’s job. And part of the job description involves going to war when needed. There is a reason the NG has tanks, attack helicopters, and heavy artillery. And it’s not for tornadoes.

  2. 2 unitedwelay1
    June 17, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    the army Reserve is supposed to go overseas. The National Guard is supposed to, and was originally designed to stay home and guard the nation. I haven’t seen any mention of National Guard troops doing anything to help the flood and tornado victims, and yes, part of their official capacity is to help rescue citizens and make sure devestated areas are safe from looters and invading forces. THAT’S why they have tanks. They are only supposed to be used overseas as a last resort, otherwise, who is here to GUARD THE NATION???

  3. June 17, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Exmi has a point and so does UWL.

    Both organizations have a mission to fight overseas wars, although the National Guard also carries out state-related missions like helping in disasters. That’s why governors have the authority to call them out. There isn’t anything that restricts where Guards or Reserves deploy, they go where they’re told.

    It seems to me the larger point here is that none of the military units are designed to stay in foreign locales indefinitely and that staying there without a strategy is the problem. All of the military components are being ground down from this extended and avoidable war and to me, that’s what is irresponsible.

  4. June 22, 2008 at 1:36 am

    I’m surprised you haven’t mentioned Kucinich’s impeachment Articles yet. I found them from Laura’s blog. I agree with Kucinich and think he should be impeached.

    Kucinich has a strong case, but I fear the Democrats are too wimpy and/or playing politics and won’t pursue this. We had a much stronger case for Bush being impeached than Clinton.

  5. 5 S. Holster
    June 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Guard troops are working with the locals and the locals are working and everything is going to get cleaned up just fine. It’s a midwestern breadbasket cultural thing. The land of power tools, boats and personal watercraft, ATV’s, volunteer fire depts, close-knit communities and all that. This will be no Katrina, (since the analogies are all over the press) though the land mass and population effected is larger, it’s much more dispersed and a great many effected are the self sufficiency types. It’s just how we in this section of the country roll…

  6. 6 unitedwelay1
    June 30, 2008 at 8:53 am

    I think it’s silly that they’ve been making Katrina analogies, and I think you have a point with the self-sufficiency thing, but I also think that this point should be made – it is difficult to believe in your own ability to do soemthign when you hit road block your entire life and the people that matter are incredulous about your success. Think about what Obama hasfaced that is more difficult, more critical, etc… than what the other candidates have faced. Now imagine that you encounter the same judgement and criticism every day in every place that holds any importance to you. If you’re constantly told that you can’t, you shouldn’t, or you’re not good enough, it’s difficult to believe that you can be self sufficient.

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