Who Will Protect Us Now?

Don’t tell anyone, but we’re defenseless. By defenseless I mean we have no capacity to defend ourselves from a military attack, rather than we’re morally indefensible butchers, murderers, etc. Though we are that too, the information in this post is more about the former than the latter.

From AP, via Rising Hegemon:

The U.S. military isn’t ready for a catastrophic attack on the country, and National Guard forces don’t have the equipment or training they need for the job, according to a report.

Even fewer Army National Guard units are combat-ready today than were nearly a year ago when the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves determined that 88 percent of the units were not prepared for the fight, the panel says in a new report released Thursday.


Okay, that’s very annoying. Mr. Bush, You’re telling me that since 9/11/2001 we’ve managed to make our country nakedly vulnerable? Outstanding!

Now, how can the Bush administration and their business partners convert this into an opportunity for a lucrative military contract… Let me think…

Well, luckily, Rachel Maddow stepped in on her radio show and pointed out a key piece of information buried five paragraphs deep in the coverage.

In response, Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, chief of U.S. Northern command, said the Pentagon is putting together a specialized military team that would be designed to respond to such catastrophic events.

Every indication from the rest of the article is that this force will be comprised of a re-organized portion of the National Guard.

Maddow doesn’t buy it. Want to know who she thinks will eventually step in and fill the need?

Old Blackwater keep on rollin’…

18 thoughts on “Who Will Protect Us Now?”

  1. I’ve always been of the opinion that the best defense, even against terrorists (to say nothing of ‘conventional’ attackers) is to apply money and resources where we are most in control of the situation…at home.

    Imagine what we could have done with even a fraction of the money that’s been wasted on the WoT.

  2. I love the way that when whatever this is that passes for conservative ideology today results in a debacle, the remedy costs us out the arse and makes them richer. Amazing.

  3. This program features a talk by travel guru Rick Steves, who makes a case for international travel as both a personal growth opportunity and a political act. Infinitely preferable to the Bushies’ strategy of inciting hatred and paranoia about the rest of the world.

    And re the Northern Command: there was a small scandal in 2003 about a white supremacist sympathizer being discovered in its ranks. Supposedly it was an isolated case.

  4. Sure, let’s just privatize everything, or as I like to call it, the old trickle up economic theory. Because with Erik Prince’s tax cuts, he’s sure to find more ways to invest in the economy for himself to get richer at taxpayer expense.

  5. the thing is Blackwater has a 79 Million ON OUR SHORES FEMA/HLS contract…so WHAT would that offer? oh, that is right armed guard came “rushing” to NOLA…with guns drawn…..and 400 guard some MRE boxes for the WHOLE damn city and NO amphibian equipment…and thank the HurriKane Gods – atleast the Coast Guard Bailed out the Military….and tried to save as many people off roofs as they could ( I guess the Blackwater Gestapo aren’t trained for THAT….)

    okay end of rant…
    Welcome back Kvatch…I added you and your lovely new digs to my blogroll and I will send folks here this weekend..Excellent having you back….in FULL force too….

  6. Of course. This is the whole point behind Dubya’s endless, underfunded, under equipped, endless war/occupation: Weaken and/or remove the military, so there will be no force to oppose his usurpation of power and his Blackshirt thugs. It’s elementary

  7. Well, you can tell I haven’t popped over to your new location or the old for a great long while. I had no idea you have a new cyber home. Excellent.

    BTW, if Blackwater is profitable for this war, then hey, at lest some good has come of the Freedom spreading experiment in Iraq.

    Oh, and the oil companies, they are doing fine too….what’s not to like?

  8. I love the way that when whatever this is that passes for conservative ideology today results in a debacle, the remedy costs us out the arse and makes them richer. Amazing.

    This one bears watching. But jeez, SA, how many places are you blogging these days? I dinnae can read them all! ;-)

  9. …the remedy costs us out the arse and makes them richer. Amazing.

    Batocchio… All part of the plan, right? Enrich the ruling class by creating the debacle, then enrich them again solving it.

  10. Woo Hoo! A blog less than a week old already getting on Mike’s Roundup at C&L. You’d think you’d still be trying to focus on shiny objects held over the crib.

    Good on ‘ya! :)

  11. Fits right in with bushco strategy… Fight em over there so we don’t HAVE to fight em over here.

  12. The funny thing is that if we were attacked over here you would see a steady stream of good upstanding war supporting young republicans rushing into canada and mexico cause they have better things to do than fighting them over here instead of over there

  13. I missed a few comments here.

    Hey Bats, SbT.

    I guess I blog too much, I’m missing comments on my own posts.

    Randall, they wouldn’t hire the A Team, because the A Team actually got results.

    Still love any A Team reference. :)

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