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Monday, May 07, 2007

Nancy P Joins the Tornado Cleanup Blame Game

What is it with female Democratic governors? A natural disaster hits and all of a sudden they hop on the BDS bandwagon? First there was Blanc-O and Hurricane Katrina. Now Kansas Gov Kathleen Sebelius is blaming the Iraq War for not having enough National Guard soldiers and heavy equipment to assist with the cleanup in Greensburg.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said the government's response to the disaster was undermined by ongoing National Guard deployments to the Middle East.
"I don't think there is any question if you are missing trucks, Humvees and helicopters that the response is going to be slower," Sebelius said. "We're going to borrow, beg and steal it from wherever you can. The real victims here will be the residents of Greensburg, because the recovery will be at a slower pace."

Unable to resist joining the knee jerk party, Nancy Pelosi added her 2 cents worth without doing any fact checking. This from the Office of the Speaker...

The war in Iraq has had a serious impact on the National Guard and its ability to protect and assist Americans in times of disaster here at home. On Friday May 4th, a massive tornado ripped through the town of Greensburg, Kansas killing at least 10 people and leaving the town in ruins. Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius told the media that the recovery effort has been hampered by the National Guard’s lack of equipment as a result of the Iraq war

The warnings about National Guard readiness have been clear – states are not as ready as they should be to respond to natural disasters and other emergencies here at home. That is why House Democrats included $2 billion, not requested by the President in the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health, and Iraq Accountability Act for a new Strategic Reserve Readiness Fund of which $1 billion is for Army National Guard equipment shortfalls. Unfortunately, the President vetoed this bill, along with this additional funding for the Army National Guard.

OK let's look at this again Madame Speaker... You and your cronies porked up a military funding bill with terrorist enabling cut and run amendments to appease the KOS kidz and George Soros. This was done knowing that the President would veto the bill. And NOW you want to blame the President for lack of funding. Hello Wicked Witch - take a look in your magic mirror and think again.

But this is truly all a moot point because if either of these ladies had bothered to check facts before opening their BDS mouths, they could have saved themselves a lot of embarrassment. From the DOD...

More than 300 members of the Kansas National Guard have been activated in response to a powerful tornado that almost destroyed the town of Greensburg, Kan., May 4. Guard members are assisting in search-and-rescue efforts in the wake of the tornado, which was classified as an F-5, the highest rating given by the National Weather Service.

The Kansas National Guard’s 278th Sustainment Brigade has established a joint task force near the incident site. In addition to search-and-rescue efforts, the troops are working on power generation, logistical support, debris clearing, support to law enforcement, supporting establishment of shelters and distribution of food and water.

Currently, the Kansas National Guard has 88 percent of its forces available, 60 percent of its Army Guard dual-use equipment on hand, and more than 85 percent of its Air Guard equipment on hand, said Randal Noller, public affairs officer for the National Guard Bureau.

Under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which is a national partnership agreement that allows state-to-state assistance during governor or federally declared emergencies, Kansas has more than 400,000 Guardsmen available to it, he pointed out. However, Kansas has not yet requested assistance from other states. The National Guard Bureau has offered liaison, operational, communications, contracting, search-and-rescue, public affairs and community relations support, and is prepared to support the governor in any way possible, Noller said.

Don't like taking the word of the DOD - how about from a local paper in Kansas, the Iola Register...

About 300 members of the battalion will be in Greensburg this afternoon, according to Col. Shawn Manley, 891st commander. Two charter buses and several Guard and personal vehicles were en route today, following a smaller contingent of soldiers and equipment from the 891st Forward Support Co. that left town at 8 p.m. Sunday.

“We’ve been told the entire battalion will be initially mobilized for five days, with the possibility of a company (about 120 guardsmen) staying for up to two weeks,” Manley said.The Iola-based Engineers Battalion, which comprises nine armories from across southeast Kansas, was taking chainsaws, three bucket loaders, three track hydraulic excavators, several small skid steer loaders and 20 to 25 dump trucks, Manley said.

Add in the FEMA Assistance which is already on the ground and working in Greensburg and it sounds like the devastated residents are getting assistance. Maybe instead of standing in front of a bank of microphones bitching about the war, maybe Gov Sebelius should be picking up some debris. And as far as Nancy P - geez lady, get a fact checker and read the news.

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