Skip to comments.Lt. Gen. Honore a 'John Wayne dude'
Posted on 09/03/2005 9:04:58 AM PDT by NavySEAL F-16
(CNN) -- New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin calls Lt. Gen. Russel Honore a "John Wayne dude" who can "get some stuff done."
"He came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing and people started moving," Nagin said in an interview Thursday night with a local radio station. (See the Nagin video where he demands feds 'get off their asses' -- 12:09 )
The three-star general directed the deployment of an estimated 1,000 National Guard troops from a New Orleans street corner Friday, making it clear that it was a humanitarian relief operation. (Watch the convoy slog through floodwaters -- 3:33)
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All of the above are true. And the sad thing, he'll probably be reelected.
Reelected to what?
His "city" is gone.
By the way, it looks like a FReeper has contributed to the Mayor's biography on the Wikipedia Web site. Read the last paragraph under "Hurricane Katrina". The  at the end of the paragraph links to a photo of all those flooded school buses!
That deserves it's own thread. LOL
See post #23.
And he would have used the one bullet in his shirt pocket that Andy allowed him.
I agree, and in any hostile area, which New Orleans is at the moment, a soldier patrolling must always be at the ready to respond instantly. Carrying weapons in any other way is not responsible.
I concur. The General was using good psychology.
There was a similar incident in 2003 in the early days of the Iraqi invasion. US troops were conducting a sweep through some town when a rumor was started that they planned to attack the local mosque. A huge menacing crowd of townspeople surrounded the American troops and things appeared as if they were about to get violent.
The officer in charge evaluated the situation and gave the order to his unit to "take a knee", which meant to drop to one knee and lower their weapons so they were pointed at the ground instead of the crowd. It seemed like suicidal order.
The angry crowd, however, stopped in amazement at the sight of a military force they knew could probably kill them all, instead moving snappily and with precision into a non-threatening position which in their culture denoted respect. No other military they had ever seen or imagined, especially Saddam's, would have made such a gesture.
The angry Iraqi crowd immediately fell silent, and then began to disperse. A few even waved at the soldiers. The pressure had been released, safely, and the troops went on to complete their mission.
That's what this General in New Orleans was doing. To people in abject misery who have lost everything else, he at least gave them back a little dignity and respect, and they responded accordingly. It's called leadership.
some DUers were claiming Nagin contributed 1000 dollars to Bush in the last election....is this true?
"some DUers were claiming Nagin contributed 1000 dollars to Bush in the last election....is this true?"
Yep, but in '99, not '04: (and more to Dems)
read "to" as "two" sorry..long night
I REALLY wish they had offered Jesse the job of getting help in there and getting the folks evacuated. He would certainly have to put up or shut up!
Thanks for that story.
That was the whole point. You didn't have to make that gesture of respect. You knew it, and the Iraqis knew it. You did it from a position of strength, and it immediately drove home to them the point that you were indeed liberators, not conquerors. The great majority of Iraqis still know this, despite what our lying media says.
General Honore knows that if the folks in New Orleans don't take the hint he has the resources to immediately go into full suppression mode, but he understands there's no need to rub their noses in it.
Thanks for the reminder about An-Najaf, and most of all, thanks for your service to your country.
I am amazed at how you sugarcoated your analysis of the worthless NO mayor. The guy looks like a gang member to me.;)
War Zone? This isn't Iraq, this is New Orleans, Louisiana. This is NOT A WAR ZONE.