Countdown – Where's the National Guard?

You knew that this was coming. With all of our resources in Iraq, we can’t effectively respond to disasters here at home. According to Keith Olbermann, 50% of the Kansas National Guard’s equipment is over in Iraq. This war is costing us in ways we haven’t even begun to calculate.

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  1. I hope this helps turn the heads of the republicans who still want our troops overseas. This hits home almost the same as a draft. It hits homes with defenseless people. And where are the vehicles to come to the rescue? That is going to push the people to have the legislature explain. Heaven help us if we have alot more this summer. The tornado alley is wide and the hurricane area large. And what if we have a large earthquake?

    Maybe this will help bring the troops home.
    The ripple effect.

  2. 50%? Hardly. The KS Guard only had 60% of it’s total allocated equipment in the years before the war and now it’s at 40%. So Olbermann’s making things up.

    Where were all you hyperconcerned people before the war? I’m a guardsman and it’d have been great to have all this public support to get the equipment that we routinely pretended that we had.

    It’s worse now than it was, but it was always bad. It’s just good political hay to make now.

  3. Thanks for your comments.

    Where we before the war, right here looking for a cause. 🙂

    It is clear that some National Guard outfits and for that matter some of the major branches of the service needed upgrading. The Coast Guard has been pitiful shape for a long time. There are still maintaining boats that are 40 to 60 years old. The question is one of priorities. After 9/11, the National Guard, the Coast Guard and other folks who respond to man-made and natural disasters were supposed to be given priority. That’s the problem. We had a disaster which exposed our problem with preparedness and was done nothing about it. As a matter of fact, we’ve made our preparedness worse.

    Again, thanks for your comment.

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