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LA National Guard: 'Combat Operations Are Underway'

This is not the response from the National Guard I was hoping for. From the Army Times:

Combat operations are underway on the streets “to take this city back” in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. “This place is going to look like Little Somalia,” Brig. Gen. Gary Jones, commander of the Louisiana National Guard’s Joint Task Force told Army Times Friday as hundreds of armed troops under his charge prepared to launch a massive citywide security mission from a staging area outside the Louisiana Superdome. “We’re going to go out and take this city back. This will be a combat operation to get this city under control.”

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    Re: LA National Guard: 'Combat Operations Are Unde (none / 0) (#2)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:09 PM EST
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    Re: LA National Guard: 'Combat Operations Are Unde (none / 0) (#3)
    by pigwiggle on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:09 PM EST
    Mayor Negin seems to thing the bulk of the roving lunatics with guns are the cities drug addicts flipping out. Iím more inclined to think itís the folks that deserve credit for securing New Orleans the distinction of a homicide rate a full order of magnitude greater than the national average. If itís the former, airdrops of smack should calm things; if itís the latter, the National Guard has their hands full. This should give you an idea of how violence hardened the folks of New Orleans are. Last month police citywide fired over 700 blank rounds in the most crime-infested parts of the city; not one was reported.

    You say: "This is not the response from the National Guard I was hoping for." What do you expect? Unarmed volunteers pleading with armed thugs to stop shooting and raping and pillaging?

    Re: LA National Guard: 'Combat Operations Are Unde (none / 0) (#5)
    by squeaky on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:09 PM EST
    PIG-sounds like you think that what we are seeing now are the finishing touches after god's miracle cleansing hurricane Compassionate conservatism unveiled. Natural selection with a touch of intelligent design.

    airdrops of smack should calm things
    I'm sure the CIA is right on it. Good thing we wrested the poppy fields from the Taliban.

    ďThis place is going to look like Little Somalia,Ē Brig. Gen. Gary Jones
    "Umm...except for the part where our troops got dragged through the streets, hopefully" Jones added quickly.

    The man in charge of the Natl Guard troops, Lt. Genl. Russel Honore, seems to have things in proper perspective. According to CNN, he's stopping truckloads of troops and telling them to point their weapons down, not up, reminding them, "This isn't Iraq."

    Re: LA National Guard: 'Combat Operations Are Unde (none / 0) (#9)
    by Al on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:09 PM EST
    As Boing-Boing points out, an article on the Army Times web page calls the people in New Orleans the "insurgency".

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    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:10 PM EST
    et al - Read the very first post about the rapes and murders, and then read this post. And then tell me the NG doesn't have a real problem. Combat operations would probably be a snap compared to this.

    Re: LA National Guard: 'Combat Operations Are Unde (none / 0) (#11)
    by Al on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:10 PM EST
    PPJ, I just did read the article, and it seems the troops shot dead a guy who had heard the screams of a girl who was being raped and was trying to get them to help. Subsequently, a crowd lynched the rapist. So the combat-ready troops not only did not do anything to solve the problem, but they compounded it by killing an innocent man. No one is more blind than the person who doesn't want to see, Jim.

    Re: LA National Guard: 'Combat Operations Are Unde (none / 0) (#12)
    by Edger on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:10 PM EST
    I just did read the article, and it seems the troops shot dead a guy who had heard the screams of a girl who was being raped and was trying to get them to help
    He has no intention of seeing, Al... he's just baiting you...