He eviscerates the cracked kernel in red...
Lack of equipment in
is symptomatic of a larger problem Kansas
By Lt. Col. Rick Francona
The governor of
Okay, let’s get the politics out of this up front. I am not sure how much her party affiliation – she is a Democrat – plays into her remarks. It does make a nice sound bite and checks the “attack the administration” block. That said, she has a point.
[So Governor Sebelius--who is under attack from Press Secretary Tony Snow--is "playing politics?" Now, how much do you want to be if she were a Republican, not a whisper or a word would be said in response to her very accurate and level-headed assessment? The fact of the matter is, LTG Blum, head of the National Guard, said last month that there was a shortage of equipment. Every reserve and National Guard unit in the ENTIRE COUNTRY is short of equipment. And Sebelius is playing politics when she says the same thing LTG Blum is saying? When a Republican says something, it's just a Republican saying something. When a Democrat says something, it's politics. Thank you for clearing that up--now that we know that the Republican Party doesn't play politics, I'm sure that we'll stop seeing every member of the Republican Party give speeches in front US servicemen and women from now until the end of time. And how long before the President stands in front of servicemen and firemen and anyone else he can use for a prop? After all--he's not playing politics, is he? No, you moonbat. He's not.]
When the governor complains that much of the Kansas National Guard’s equipment is in
[That's right--but why not state the facts. The DoD and the Bush Administration have left the
War's toll on military equipment
The five-plus year "global war on terror" has taken its toll on military equipment, especially on the vehicles assigned to the ground forces. The problem is most acute in
[Why is that? Why does a unit leave behind their equipment? Because there is no transportation available to ship them back. Once a unit's gear goes forward, there isn't enough resource available to ship it back to where it came from. And if the gear isn't being replaced, the unit goes without critical equipment. Remind me again--who's running this fucking country? Who's the Decider?]
Whether you agree or disagree with the presence of
Talk about soft-pedalling the obvious--troops are dying because they are not getting the gear they need. Who vetoed the funding legislation again?
As I have noted in the past, our armed forces are too small to protect the worldwide national interests of a superpower. One half of one percent of our population in uniform is not enough if we are to fight essentially two wars, maintain forces in other potential hot spots, support relief efforts, provide forces for United Nations commitments, and still have adequate reserves to respond to emergencies at home.
[United Nations commitments? Like, one battalion for duty in the
I chose the words “adequate reserves” carefully. In the final analysis, the National Guard is a reserve component of the United States Army –- about half of the Army’s combat units are in the National Guard. While the governor is correct that 20 percent of the Kansas Army National Guard is deployed to
[And he patently ignores the fact that Bush can Federalize the Guard and take it away from
What is a governor to do when his or her state’s Guardsmen are deployed on federal service? The governor of each state is authorized to organize, train and equip a State Defense Force, not subject to federal service, to be used specifically when the National Guard is away.
[Otherwise known as the Citizen's Auxilliary? Is he serious? What few people would still be available have just had their homes destroyed. Everyone else is just trying to survive. All of the useful and critical people are deployed or busy keeping everyone alive in their own communities. They are shorthanded and need help--hence, you call out the Guard. Oh, wait--they're in
When all is said and done, the
[No, until we bring our troops home and spend hundreds of billions of dollars to retrain, re-equip and rebuild the forces that are charged with defending this country, there will be more US cities wiped off the face of the Earth. Remind me again--who's in charge and who's responsible for this debacle? ]
So how many American cities, exactly, have to disappear before the people finally wake up and "get it"?
Question everything these mendacious pricks say, folks.