Skip to comments.Blanco responds to Bush's criticisms in memoir (and lies about Hurricane Katrina)
Posted on 11/09/2010 10:49:36 PM PST by STARWISE
The Katrina chapter expresses Bush's clear frustration with then-Governor Kathleen Blanco, who refused to federalize the National Guard for the incident.
I did not need the federalization of the Guard because that would've taken police powers away from the National Guard. And goodness knows, we needed that, she said.
Bush said on Oprah, I said to the governor, give me the authority to send in federal troops. By law, the president cannot send federal troops to conduct law enforcement without a declaration of insurrection."
An insurrection declaration would've given the military police powers.
He didn't discuss that with me. He didn't discuss it in that frame ever. It was a one-way conversation with the president and his advisers, not including anyone from Louisiana, Blanco said.
(Excerpt) Read more at wwltv.com ...
I thought it was a very targeted hurricane produced by Dick Cheney's HHG, Halliburton Hurricane Generator, targeting only Blacks in Democrat stronghold of New Orleans.
Funny, that's what I heard him say during one of the Lauer interviews (except for the part about Saddam using them in the past).
W is doing very well in his interviews...I watched hem all, and I miss him very much as Commander in chief!
Thanks for the ping NN. This woman will not be missed. That’s for sure!!! :-) Sounds like she’s still in some fairyland!
“I think it was a bad idea to recommend that a governor claim insurrection when there is none.”
I totally agree it would have been a bad idea, but that’s not exactly what happened.
WWLTV excerpted President Bush’s statement. What he said was: By law, the president cannot send federal troops to conduct law enforcement without a declaration of insurrection and/or a request from the governor. It is my understanding that a declaration of insurrection is a Presidential prerogative, but that a governor can ask for assistance without there being a declaration of insurrection.
Actually, Bush acknowledged that claiming insurrection would have been a bad idea, although for different reasons. He wrote in his book, “If I invoked the Insurrection Act against her wishes, the world would see a male Republican president usurping the authority of a female Democratic governor by declaring an insurrection in a largely African American city. That would arouse controversy anywhere.”
Welcome back to the “swamp”, Mr. President.
I think it was a bad idea to recommend that a governor claim insurrection when there is none. That would set a bad precedent for the future. I can see where this could be abused.
It helps when people cite the whole quote rather than shortening and leaving out rather important parts of the meaning. Here is a quote of the entire sentence from W, with probably the most important part of the quote left in:
Everybodys blaming everybody else so I said to the governor, Governor, give me the authority to send in federal troops, President Bush says. By law, the president cannot send federal troops to conduct law enforcement without a declaration of insurrection and/or a request from the governor.When you consider the quote in its entirety, it is pretty clear that Bush wasn't saying she should declare an insurrection but should avail herself of THE OTHER provision for sending in federal troops - which is a request from the governor.
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The lies about Katrina were some of the worst lies against him.......almost as bad as Iraq.
Glad the record is getting straightened out for those who don't understand how the system is supposed to work.
EVERYONE heard the media discussion of how the president had to get YOU to ask for the federalized National Guard and you didn't.
Google search, 2005 news:
Plus, duh. Every Governor should have a working understanding of how the President needs permission to call up the National Guard for federal duty. This is especially true of a Governor whose state is being born down upon by a Category Five hurricane. Even if the administration had not discussed it with Blanco, she was expected to have a clue as to how to deal with a disaster in her state.
Why do you think Nagin didn’t let the buses roll?
I think you misunderstood what President Bush said. He said, accurately, the President has no authority to send armed troops into a state unless there is an insurrection to be put down.
In all other cases, governors make a formal request for the National Guard to come in and assist with such and such. Since the Governor is giving permission for the troops to be active in the State, then the law allows it.
This is why you see most governors making disaster declarations as soon as possible -- one, to get federal disaster funds and two, to allow the National Guard to come in and help.
This governor, Blanco, was so dumb and incompetent in leadership that she didn't know, apparently, that she had to give permission for the National GUard to take part in the disaster response.
It's done so much by governors, it's almost like a formality now in disasters. But it's still the law and the law must be followed. Blanco was just too dumb or too partisan to do her job correctly.
Enjoy your delusions .. all of them.
The number of uneducated or uninformed posters ..
who still boldly embarrass themselves with incorrect
information ... is mind boggling .. LOL.
It really makes me mad when people try to rewrite history while the people who LIVED it are still around to know the difference.
Blanco was a clueless MawMaw who did not prepare to handle the aftermath of Katrina. Nagin was worse. Together they did more damage than the storm did. Mississippi and Alabama officials had their acts together- only Louisiana had the local officials who were more concerned about GIVING UP POWER than reacting to the disaster. I remember it, I heard it as it happened-Blank-o is a dimwit and a liar.