Don't Militarize Disaster Relief

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    We're continuing to ask the military to do too much.

     
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    Eddie, we spoke of this over the weekend. I concur. :thup:
     
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    Indeed.
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    Posse Comitatus is another good reason not to dispatch federal military forces against American citizens (or to "help" them, as they say).
     
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    Agreed--disasters damage locally first and if locals expect ANYONE to come in and save their asses, they will not do the work nor spend the money to prepare. After the feds leave it is apparent that the social disaster marches on as local organizations prove how unprepared they are to deal with squat.
     
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    This is the problem, soldiers aren't police officers. They're asking soldiers to be police officers in Iraq and in disaster areas. They're not trained to be cops or aid workers or anything else! They're trained to fight other armies! JHC! :duh3:
     
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    Soldiers are excellent at following orders. Thats why they are good in relief efforts. The ranks are already delegated and orders are expected to be followed when given.

    In these civilian operations, there is too much bureaucracy within local and state governments to get anything done FAST! They need a rapid response team that has a plan in place for almost any situation and has the resources at hand to execute it within hours not weeks.

    Thats why the military is leaned on so much. We have to reform our politicians if we want effective relief aid to happen. It will be interesting to see if politics overrides survival when Nagin and Blanco come up for reelection. If they get reelected by the same people that were clamoring for aid, then we know politics has too strong a grasp to break.
     
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    The only way to get local and state folks to respond is to hold them accountable as opposed to blaming FEMA. Will anyone do that? I doubt it.
    (Nagins' and Blancos' base voters are spread all over the place---any doubt as to why they want them to come back to New Orleans ? It's even harder to rig the vote when you don't even have a population.)
     
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    I think the shoe fits pretty well in this case. Who else was there to blame for the botched relief effort?
     
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    Well, Naggins and Blanco should have been there, but they high tailed it to Baton Rouge, leaving their voters behind-along with the buses from their disaster plan.
     

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