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orange
06-25-2010, 04:40 PM
Gulf Coast Governors Leaving National Guard Idle

Thousands of Troops Called Up to Fight Oil Spill Haven't Been Deployed
By Armen Keteyian

(CBS) All along the Gulf coast, local officials have been demanding more help from the federal government to fight the spill, yet the Gulf states have deployed just a fraction of the National Guard troops the Pentagon has made available, CBS News Chief Investigative Correspondent Armen Keteyian reports.

That's a particular problem for the state of Louisiana, where the Republican governor has been the most vocal about using all resources.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's message has been loud and clear, using language such as "We will only be winning this war when we're actually deploying every resource," "They (the federal government) can provide more resources" and "It's clear the resources needed to protect our coast are still not here."

But nearly two months after the governor requested - and the Department of Defense approved the use of 6,000 Louisiana National Guard troops - only a fraction - 1,053 - have actually been deployed by Jindal to fight the spill.

"If you ask any Louisianan, if you said 'If you had those troops, do you think they could be put to good use? Is there anything they can do in your parish?' I think they'd all tell you 'Absolutely,'" Louisiana state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans, said.

As of today, the federal government has authorized a total of 17,500 National Guard troops across four Gulf states, all to be paid for by BP.

But CBS News has learned that in addition to Louisiana's 1,053 troops of 6,000, Alabama has deployed 432 troops of 3,000 available. Even fewer have been deployed in Florida - 97 troops out of 2,500 - and Mississippi - 58 troops out of 6,000.

Those figures prompted President Obama to weigh in.

"I urge the governors in the affected states to activate these troops as soon as possible," Mr. Obama said.

It's believed officials in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi and are reluctant to use more troops because their presence could hurt tourism. In hardest-hit Louisiana, however, Jindal is pointing fingers.

"Actually we asked the White House to approve the initial 6,000," Jindal said. "What they came back and said is the Coast Guard and BP had to authorize individual tasks."

But Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the national incident commander in charge of the government's response to the spill, said Jindal is just flat wrong.

"There is nothing standing in the governor's way from utilizing more National Guard troops," Allen said.

In fact, the Coast Guard says every request to use the National Guard has been approved, usually within a day. Now Jindal's office acknowledged to CBS News the governor has not specifically asked for more Guard troops to be deployed.

Whether it's simple confusion or the infusion of politics into the spill, the fact remains thousands of helping hands remain waiting to be used.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/06/24/eveningnews/main6615414.shtml

Saul Good
06-25-2010, 04:45 PM
Oh, so NOW Democrats want us to use National Guardsmen to keep greaseballs from getting onto American soil?

orange
06-25-2010, 04:46 PM
Gov. Jindal Responds to Idle National Guard Troops Issue
Posted by CBSNews.com staff

Following a CBS News Investigates report that Gulf coast governors haven't been fully utilizing the 17,500 National Guard troops authorized by the federal government to help them with the oil spill, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's office offered a tart response.

In a statement sent to ProPublica, Jindal spokesman Kyle Plotkin said that Louisiana would "call up more National Guard troops as the Adjutant General tells us he needs them."

He followed up with a harsh criticism of the federal government's response efforts.

"We spend more time fighting red tape and bureaucracy than we ever should have to if the federal government understood this oil spill as the war that it is."

Jindal's statement doesn't address the specific question of why Louisiana is using only 1,053 of the 6,000 National Guard troops available to the state. The governor said that he would "deploy every resource" available to win the war against the BP oil spill, and complained that Coast Guard and BP authorization were required for individual tasks, which apparently slowed down the deployment of National Guard troops. However, the governor's office told CBS News that he has not specifically asked for more National Guard troops.

Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government official in charge of the response to the BP oil spill, said, "There is nothing standing in the governor's way from utilizing more National Guard troops." The Coast Guard has typically approved requests to deploy National Guard troop in a day.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20008914-10391695.html

vailpass
06-25-2010, 04:50 PM
Oh, so NOW Democrats want us to use National Guardsmen to keep greaseballs from getting onto American soil?

:D

stevieray
06-25-2010, 05:03 PM
Oh, so NOW Democrats want us to use National Guardsmen to keep greaseballs from getting onto American soil?

you mean troops were actually deployed to Arizona?

funny watching agent orange play semantics.

orange
06-25-2010, 05:05 PM
you mean troops were actually deployed to Arizona?

funny watching agent orange play semantics.

You been hittin' BEP's bong?

A - I didn't say it.
B - The joke - a pretty good one - went right over your head.

stevieray
06-25-2010, 05:08 PM
You been hittin' BEP's bong?

A - I didn't say it.
B - The joke - a pretty good one - went right over your head.



got troops bobby?

orange
06-25-2010, 05:10 PM
got troops bobby?

That's not what you quoted.


stevieray "responds"

http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim//2010/06/25/BabyBongSPL_370x278.jpg

stevieray
06-25-2010, 05:11 PM
That's not what you quoted.





I quoted another poster.

are you drunk?

The Mad Crapper
06-25-2010, 05:31 PM
Oh, so NOW Democrats want us to use National Guardsmen to keep greaseballs from getting onto American soil?

Saul is awesome.

ROFL

BucEyedPea
06-25-2010, 06:17 PM
You been hittin' BEP's bong?

A - I didn't say it.
B - The joke - a pretty good one - went right over your head.

You do know the reason for this right?

A Defense official told Fox News that governors are afraid that activating more troops would be politically harmful, charging taxpayers a high cost for duties that won't keep troops busy. The skill sets these troops have don't match the needs, the official said, and the governors aren't about to pay soldiers to stand on the beaches waiting for oil to wash up.

Gates told "Fox News Sunday" that there isn't more the Pentagon could be doing to help stop the spill or to prevent millions of gallons of oil from washing up on the Gulf Coast.

"We have offered whatever capabilities we have," Gates said. "We don't have the kinds of equipment or particular expertise."
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/22/gulf-states-national-guard-minimal-role-fighting-oil-spill/


...and don't forget, the Obama administration's hands are all over this spill having happened just as much as BP's.
Now, Obaman could suspend the Jone's Act for this emergency which would be better.

BillSelfsTrophycase
06-25-2010, 06:36 PM
Oh, so NOW Democrats want us to use National Guardsmen to keep greaseballs from getting onto American soil?

ROFL