New Orleans is America’s Beirut, and we don’t have the peacekeepers handy.
Now let me preface this by saying this is NOT criticism — nobody could have planned for this.
That said, one of the reasons we’re losing New Orleans is because we’re already fighting two wars — Iraq and Afghanistan — and we just don’t have enough troops to fight our new third war on the thugs who’ve seized New Orleans.
So when you ask “where is the military?”, remember that many states don’t have National Guard troops free to send and the regular military is tied up as well. And it’s not like there’s anywhere to send them — where are you going to barrack the thousands of troops it would take to restore order?
It’s a tragedy. Nobody could have seen it coming. And it’s just a shame a beautiful city like New Orleans — and neighboring cities like Biloxi and Gulfport — went down. But Mother Nature does like to remind us who’s in charge here. And she did. With authority.
God help the Gulf Coast. At this point, nobody else can.
Cheap plug: My radio station, Oldies 107.3, is sponsoring a blood drive at two locations on Saturday (9/3) in Richmond — at the Midas Auto Service Centers on Broad Street in Short Pump and on Hull Street in Southside. 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM. You can help save lives closer to home, some of the plasma can be frozen and sent South if needed, and it’s a tangible way of doing good. And Midas will give you a free oil change.
And, if you can, toss a few bucks to the Red Cross. Look, I know money’s tight if you have a car (your gas budget just doubled), but take one less long trip and toss a few bucks to someone who needs it.
Preaching mode off.
Have a great Labor Day weekend — I’ll be at Oldies 107.3 Saturday 4-7 PM, Sunday noon-6, and Monday 10 AM – 3 PM. Listen. Especially if you’re a Rolling Stones fan. 🙂