Kansas Tornadoes, the Guard & Iraq

Kansas disaster renews National Guard debate
By Carey Gillam

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - Critics of the Iraq war said on Tuesday the Bush administration's failure to replenish vital National Guard equipment sent to Iraq caused Kansas to fall short in responding to last week's tornado disaster, and other states were equally vulnerable.

The White House and the Pentagon rebuffed the criticism, saying Kansas and other states had adequate resources that they could share in event of disasters like the Kansas tornado that leveled one small town on Friday and killed 10 in the area.

The debate was ignited by Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, who said on Monday the federal government had failed to replace state National Guard equipment deployed to Iraq and the lack of equipment was hindering rescue and recovery efforts after a weekend of violent weather in the Midwestern state. Read more here.

1 comment:

  1. I was half asleep last night when I heard about the aid being hampered by lack of resources-everything in Iraq-sent chills up my spine, especially in light of the Ft. Dix situation.


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