Skip to comments.'John Wayne dude' general blasts Katrina complaints as 'B.S.
Posted on 09/05/2005 8:48:54 PM PDT by veronica
Lieutenant General Russel Honore lived up to his 'John Wayne dude' nickname, blasting complaints that red tape or poor security were snarling relief efforts as "B.S."
The fiery general, in charge of the military component of the mission, lost his rag during a press conference after President George W. Bush's visit to rescue coordinators here.
"That's B.S. It's B.S.," Honore raged.
"I can tell you that is B.S. We have got 300 helicopters and some of the finest EMS workers in the world down there.
"There is no red tape ... there are isolated incidents that people take to paint a broad brush."
Honore also lashed out at questions from journalists at the Baton Rouge emergency operations center concerning the security situation in New Orleans.
"You need to get on the streets of New Orleans, you can't sit back here and say what you hear from someone else.
"It is secure, we walk around without any issues. Why the hell are you trying to make that the issue, if you can help, get there and help," he said, saying that people were being scared away by reports of violence.
When one reporter argued that there still reports of bureaucracy and unrest stalling relief efforts in some outlying parishes of New Orleans, Honore fumed: "I don't care if it is Hancock County, Mississippi -- we are not going to have that kind of issue."
The comments that sparked Honore's verbal blast were apparently made by US Representative Bobby Jindal, who represents a New Orleans district.
"The bureaucracy needs to do more than one thing at a time. It's appropriate to save people with helicopters, but it can't be done to the exclusion of everything else," Jindal was quoted by Time magazine as saying.
Honore did not discount that Jindal may be basing his complaints on "isolated" incidents, and said he would follow up with him.
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin dubbed Honore 'one John Wayne dude' in admiration for his efforts when he showed up in the city last week.
"He came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing and people started moving," Nagin said in a radio interview on Thursday.
The GOP has been horrible every time I see any of them on TV.
I have a long list, too; and a LOT of them were added this past week.
Frankly, I cannot think of anybody who has stood up for Bush -- except -- much as I hate to say this -- Trent Lott.
Not one "conservative commentator."
Nagin deems that a quality in himself he admires as well
I agree 100 percent. And I'm directing mine to LA and MS.
Thank God for people like Honore. Our Country would be dead without them.
[Frankly, I cannot think of anybody who has stood up for Bush -- except -- much as I hate to say this -- Trent Lott. Not one "conservative commentator."]
From the few hours of Limbaugh I listened to last week, it seemed he did a more than admirable job of sticking up for the Fed's response and he also reamed out the people who were attacking the government and who were wasting no time making a political issue out of the disaster.
The White House should really consider this guy for Press Secretary. He's got what it takes to handle the media these days! I've never heard a briefing like this where the person taking questions just simply said what needed to be said.
I can't begin to ponder the corruption should LA and NO pols get their hands on federal money. THAT will be a national disaster.
Not a John Wayne Dude
"The fiery general, in charge of the military component of the mission, lost his rag during a press conference..."
Where did THIS phrase come from?
You mean Nagin isn't "genuinely heroic" like the BBC said?
"LA - 45% underwater, 45% under indictment. Quoting Steyn, who was quoting someone else."
I think that line has already been credited to Billy Tauzen, but I think it was half underwater, not 45% and half under indictment, not 45% under indictment.
"I agree 100 percent. And I'm directing mine to LA and MS."
If you mean *AL* and MS - then yes, me too. Screw the corrupt whiners in New Orleans. Never reinforce failure.
Yes........thanks for correcting me. It's late is my only pitiful excuse.
Yes, Nagin, but when Honore cursed he got results because he knew how to back it up with action. All you backed up curses with was paranoia the CIA had a hit on you.
I LIKE him. A LOT. Just loved his smack down!
There's certainly no shortage of places to insert the nozzle.
Pols: (three Govs/one Senator)
Rush - on top of it from the day it begun
Moose (Brian Wilson)
These are the people I know off the top of my head. It is clearly possible the MSM could have hid others, so I leave that an option since they like only publishing negativity, but until shown to be the case I only give credit where due.
I was using the Steyn redaction!