Monday, May 07, 2007

Un-natural disasters impact on natural disasters

Tornado season is upon us once again. Kansas and South Dakota were two of many states that have seen significant tornado activity just this past weekend.

I heard the Governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius, speak on CNN this weekend about the tragedy that struck. Traditionally, the National Guard is used in cases like this to provide law enforcement and engineering (clean up) support.

Since more than half of the troops and equipment are deployed to Iraq to Bush's un-natural disaster, responding to our nations natural disasters becomes pretty difficult.

I can't imagine what would have happened 10 years ago in Grand Forks during the flood of the Century. What if most of the NG equipment were in Iraq then? The troops too?

The suffering simply magnifies as public officials scrounge for equipment and personnel to assist in the relief efforts after a natural disaster.

We cannot surrender to tornadoes and other natural disasters. We cannot afford the price of cutting and running from Iraq.

We must stay in Iraq in perpetuity to fight these natural disasters, before they follow us home to places like Kansas and South Dakota.

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