Thursday, June 22, 2006

National Guard and National Geographic

I haven't covered the National Guard presence in the area, because other bloggers have said it much better than I could have. Let me direct you over to The Wet Bank Guide and Tim's Nameless Blog for some apt commentary on the situation. I'm just as happy as everyone else that they're back, and I hope that their presence is enough to deter the gratuitous looting in the city.

Also, I missed last night's National Geographic Special on the Katrina aftermath. Does anyone happen to know when the special is going to re-air?


Anonymous Adrastos said...

I *hope* the NG have the desired effect and in the short run I have no problem with them being here. But I'm a big picture guy and the way they were called in will give our enemies in Congress and elsewhere a hammer to beat the living shit out of us. We're now the city that is so lawless that we couldn't take care of ourselves.

Recalling the NG is nothing to celebrate. I hope it works but the long range implications are not good. I am turning into the voice of doom.

Thursday, June 22, 2006 10:43:00 PM  
Blogger T. said...

That was exactly what I was concerned about; I was afraid we'd give the rest of America the impression that we're incapable of handling ourselves.

But like Markus, I believe that they never should have pulled out. Not only was our police force severely crippled after the storm, but we also have problems that have come about because of the aftermaths of the storm. Crimes that wouldn't have occurred in heavily populated neighborhoods, like looting or breaking and entering are occurring now simply because there are no people living there.

Anyone with a soup├žon of common sense should be able to realize that our need for outside assistance is not due to our inability to manage ourselves, but rather the situation that we're in at the moment.

Unfortunately, I'm not entirely sure that all of congress possesses that pinch of common sense needed to logically assess the issue.

Thursday, June 22, 2006 10:53:00 PM  
Blogger oyster said...

The National Geographic special will air Saturday evening at 6pm, then again on Wednesday. Check local listings.

It was very good. Great simulations, logical presentation, and some fantastic video footage of the levee breach. I thought it covered all the basic points pretty well in an hour show.

Friday, June 23, 2006 1:14:00 PM  

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