Wednesday, September 07, 2005

"A large military, combined-services unit, trained and equipped specifically for large cataclysmic events"

Email of the Day…from a conservative historian friend of mine, who I have been discussing this with…
First, every citizen should take responsibility for evacuating and/or preparing for disaster instead of waiting for someone in authority to make their decisions for them. Secondly, an emergency deployment division could work very well if the commander has broad authority to act without fear of reprimand, dismissal, criminal prosecution, or litigation (all within reason, whatever that is.) A competent general, properly equipped and prepared, would have put his assets in the area by the next morning, suppressed the looters, rescued victims, and dropped in limited food, water, and medical supplies.

A large military, combined-services unit, trained and equipped specifically for large cataclysmic events (heck, St. Helens near Seattle should be added to the list) could accomplish things that would boggle the mind.

I think this pretty much sums up what needs to be done post-Katrina. As shown by the quick and efficient response of the Coast Guard, Emergency Management and Response should be turned over to the military and taken out of the hands of ineffective bureaucrats in Washington.

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