So there’s a bit of a fuss about the rescue efforts in Kansas (following the tornadoes there) being hampered because so much National Guard equipment is in Iraq. Can you guess the initial response from Tony Snow?
a. You’re absolutely right, and even as I speak we’re choppering in supplies from Fort somewhere.
b. We’re at war, and sometimes that means that things we normally rely on may not be there. Having said that, we’re working with governors in the area to get Kansas the help it needs.
c. “If you don’t request it, you’re not going to get it. … As far as we know, the only thing the governor has requested are FM radios. There have been no requests to the National Guard for heavy equipment. … We are eager to provide what Kansas needs. But again there are also – you also have to go through the process of making the request first.”
I’ll give you a clue – it’s astonishing that every single governmental agency and employee that makes any kind of criticism of the White House is so staggeringly inept, isn’t it? Did the current administration hire every single competent public servant in the entire country?
In case you had doubts, Gov. Sebelius has apparently asked for replacement equipment, but only via the President directly, former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, the Secretary of the Army, and the Pentagon. Clearly she should have submitted form 928/4 rev.B to the Office of the Deputy Under-Secretary of Military Procurement (Domestic)