Monday, March 26, 2007

Readiness ...

Or the lack thereof. Looks like I'm swimming:

WASHINGTON -- If Long Island were hit with a major hurricane, debilitating shortages of equipment could potentially slow response by the New York Army National Guard and put lives in jeopardy.


Five years after grueling deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Guard in New York, as elsewhere in the country, is under huge strains balancing warfighting, guarding the homeland and responding to natural disasters.

A report by the Government Accountability Office in January found that states had about 50 percent of their authorized trucks, generators, radios, and medical gear available for domestic use. The GAO said it could not determine whether the Guard was equipped to respond to a terrorist attack or a Katrina-style natural disaster.


So tell me how "fightin' them over there instead of fightin' them over here" is making us safer.

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