Army Times on “combat operations” in Nola

Via BoingBoing and Rigorous Intuition:

From the September 2 article titled “Troops begin combat operations in New Orleans”:

NEW ORLEANS – 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.”

Jones said the military first needs to establish security throughout the city. Military and police officials have said there are several large areas of the city are in a full state of anarchy. Dozens of military trucks and up-armored Humvees left the staging area just after 11 a.m. Friday, while hundreds more troops arrived at the same staging area in the city via Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters.

“We’re here to do whatever they need us to do,” Sgt. 1st Class Ron Dixon, of the Oklahoma National Guard’s 1345th Transportation Company. “We packed to stay as long as it takes.”

While some fight the insurgency in the city, other carry on with rescue and evacuation operations. Helicopters are still pulling hundreds of stranded people from rooftops of flooded homes.

Un. Fucking. Believable. Or on second thought, not really that unbelievable in George Bush’s America. Welcome to the Baghdadization of America.

5 thoughts on “Army Times on “combat operations” in Nola”

  1. Did the reporter really use the word insurgency or is he parrotting the troops? Since when did scared, poor people become an insurgency? Do they really expect us to believe that there is some sort of organization among these people – that they are fighting the US in a bid to cede from the union? WTF? More than likely this is about racism and taking one back for all of the shit they have had to endure in our unspoken apartheid America.

  2. It is a hurricane people. Hurricanes take out law enforcement,too. Where there is no law there will be the poor and opotunistic trying to take advantage. Blaming George Bush for a hurricane is pretty fucking stupid.

  3. James, I don’t know who you are, or think you are, but my family has worked on hurricance cleanup my entire life– they are all aghast at the level of incompetence displayed by the Federal government. FEMA was looted by the Bush administration and an incompetent hack is in charge. So no–Bush is not responsible for hurricanes. But he is, in large part, responsible for the tragic confusion and delay in the relief effort. If you want to present alternate evidence, bring it… otherwise, we don’t party with trolls.

  4. Ah, but Jay, you see, what our friend James here is doing is very common among the Bush apologists lately. You criticize the administration for their handling of the aftermath of Katrina, or their failure to do anything to get people out before Katrina, or to shore up the levees before Katrina so the damage wouldn’t have been nearly so catastrophic. They respond by claiming that you are blaming Bush for the hurricane. Which of course no one is doing, but what do they care? Remember, they’re Bush apologists, and therefore not part of the “reality-based community”. So they argue that a point you never made is invalid, avoid having to confront the point you did make, and then claim they won the argument. It’s a strange tactic, to be sure, that would get you thrown off any middle-school debate team, but it’s won the Repubs two-terms in office, so perhaps we give it short shrift.

  5. And when the “you can’t blame Bush for the hurricane” argument won’t fly then they will immediately go to rhetorical tactic #2 on the Rovian list of distractions – “Blame the victims.” After 5 years of this crap you would think that more of the general public would have rejected this lame ass BS by now. Oh well!

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