It's pathetic to listen to the maneuverings of the politicians, complaining about the deployment of the National Guard leaving them short-handed to manage disasters. The solons act as if the National Guard were some sort of organization primarily tasked with disaster relief.
Trust the vote-panderers to get things arse-end first. Given the desire of so many, mostly Leftist politicians to make points against the President after Hurricane Katrina, I suppose this is to be expected. But the National Guard is a vital component of the US Armed Forces, tasked with defense of the Nation and support of US foreign policy. That is its primary mission, and the Guard assists with disaster relief to the extent it does not prejudice its other missions.
The Democrats view foreign and military policy as yet another branch of social work, so their attitude is understandable, if stupid. Yet another reason, if more were needed, why Democrats are not to be trusted on matters of national importance. It is profoundly disheartening, however, to see Republicans as members of this ill-starred chorus. This is not the mindset that made our country a great power.
The Armed Forces are at war. The rest of us are at the mall.