May 17, 2007

National Guard Readiness

I just got a pretty nasty political attack in the mail.

Hurricane season doesn't start until June 1st, and we're already in trouble.

Tornadoes in Kansas. Fires in California, Georgia and Florida. Floods in Missouri. We simply don't have the resources to handle catastrophic events across our country.

Those resources are missing because of the war in Iraq.

Tell President Bush: bring our troops and equipment back where they're needed most -- here at home.

If true, whenever there was a disaster, governors would be calling on their neighboring state guards constantly. That doesn't seem to be happening. But the accusations get very specific

When the category five tornado hit Greensburg, Kansas, approximately 60 percent of its National Guard equipment was gone because of the war. In a town that was 95 percent destroyed, the relief process has been hindered by lack of equipment, and Kansas is even more vulnerable if another disaster strikes.

The National Guard would know better than anyone what the true facts are. They have already debunked this claim long before the email went out.

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.

So who are we to believe, the National Guard or some political operative, even if he is the Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee? Tom McMahon wins when Democrats win, whether he tells the truth or not. This time, it seems like he's picked not.

Posted by TMLutas at May 17, 2007 09:04 PM