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suffragette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-18-09 02:46 PM
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86. Found a link to BBC video of interview with NORTHCOM officer
After reading your post, went looking and found the DU thread on this:
Here's the quote, as posted by :

Announcer: The relief operation is the largest ever conducted in America. It's being coordinated by the US Northern Command in Colorado. Lieutenant Commander Sean Kelly explains how the relief effort is being organized.

Kelly: US Northern Command is the command that coordinates the military support for our federal and state agencies. They call up and request a capability and we try and provide that capability, whether it's medical resources, search and rescue helicopters, food, water, transportation, communications; that's what we provide.

A: So it sounds like you're providing a bit of everything. I mean, do you know how much you're actually providing?

K: Right now we've got 4,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and marine and coast guardsmen supporting this. They've delivered more than 9 million meals, I can't remember how many millions of liters of water.

A: 9 million meals? Do you actually have 9 million meals?

K: It's those "meals ready to eat". The packaged meals that the Army takes out with them out in the field. We have 9 million of 'em ready. I know at least 100,000 went to the Superdome the other night to help the people out there in New Orleans. So they're staged at various places throughout Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.

A: Now I'm sure you're aware of the criticism that the authorities have been slow to respond to this. When did you get the order to start relief work?

K: NorthCom started planning before the storm even hit. We were ready for the storm when it hit Florida because, as you remember, it crossed the bottom part of Florida, and then we were plaining, you know, once it was pointed towards the Gulf Coast. So what we did was we activated what we call defense coordinating officers to work with the state to say okay, what do you think you'll need, and we set up staging bases that could be started. We had the USS Baton sailing almost behind the hurricane so that after the hurricane made landfall it's search and rescue helicopters would be available almost immediately. So we had things ready. The only caveat is, we have to wait until the President authorizes us to do so. The laws of the United States say that the military can't just act in this fashion, we have to wait for the President to give us permission.

A: Now I gather that your engineers are also involved in pumping some of that flood water out of the areas.

K: Yes, our military personnel are helping to reconstruct the levees which frees up the engineers to start pumping out the waters so that hopefully New Orleans can be high and dry soon enough.

The link that was created to an MP3 of it is gone now, as you noted.

Poked around more and most all other articles reference that same link.

But, I did find a link to a video of the BBC report:

The pertinent section starts a bit after the midway point.

It's so important to remember what actually happened, especially with it looking like a major rewrite is being attempted.

I suppose it is possible that Rumsfield, as well as Bush, did not give the orders they BOTH should have and BOTH are guilty, but this does look like an attempt to shift blame away from Bush and we need to counter it with the facts of what happened.

While looking for the above, the article that goes into details about the Bataan also came up:
Navy ship nearby underused
Craft with food, water, doctors needed orders

By Stephen J. Hedges
Tribune national correspondent
Published September 4, 2005

ON THE USS BATAAN -- While federal and state emergency planners scramble to get more military relief to Gulf Coast communities stricken by Hurricane Katrina, a massive naval goodwill station has been cruising offshore, underused and waiting for a larger role in the effort.

Can't get the link for the TRibune article to work either, but it looks like the whole article is available on a couple web sites.
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  -Rumsfeld kept rescue choppers from Katrina cal04  May-17-09 11:25 AM   #0 
  - Rumsfield must be tried in court for this.  sakabatou   May-17-09 11:31 AM   #1 
  - Yet, he won't  Horse with no Name   May-17-09 10:49 PM   #50 
  - Just incredible  MountainLaurel   May-17-09 11:31 AM   #2 
  - to be fair  left is right   May-17-09 01:27 PM   #17 
     - Your daughter's information about the years of warnings about the levees is spot on.  pacalo   May-17-09 04:28 PM   #32 
  - ..And if we had had a decent "decider" he never would have been premitted this kind of power.  MichiganVote   May-17-09 11:31 AM   #3 
  - The TX chimp couldn't decide what kind of sandwich to eat.  madeline_con   May-17-09 11:33 AM   #5 
     - Delusional. Better figureheads were available.  Hannah Bell   May-18-09 02:20 AM   #59 
  - The Frank Rich you linked to is not about NOLA. nt  madeline_con   May-17-09 11:32 AM   #4 
  - Neither is the GQ article - it is about Rumsfeld  csziggy   May-17-09 02:31 PM   #20 
  - That's the first thing I've ever read that showed Bush had a shred of decency;  Liberty Belle   May-17-09 11:34 AM   #6 
  - I dont believe that part of the story  rcrush   May-17-09 11:38 AM   #9 
  - I believe it- Bush was cognizant his image was tarnished,IMO. So from that angle  KittyWampus   May-17-09 12:00 PM   #11 
  - I dunno  rcrush   May-17-09 12:21 PM   #12 
  - Do you remember how bad their response made Bush look?  anonymous171   May-17-09 01:38 PM   #18 
  - That part does rather smell.  burning rain   May-17-09 04:40 PM   #36 
  - Well remember Bush didn't see the news reports until Thursday  Stephanie   May-18-09 08:27 AM   #64 
  - Yes, I also find it this unlike anything I've ever seen or heard before re Bush . . .  defendandprotect   May-18-09 11:59 PM   #99 
  - it's a lie; that's why.  Hannah Bell   May-17-09 03:35 PM   #24 
  - How do you know he didn't make that statement  spiritual_gunfighter   May-18-09 08:09 AM   #62 
  - I was wondering if the unknown advisor was being charitable & glossed over for the writer.  pacalo   May-17-09 04:33 PM   #34 
  - Yes -- and that moment has to be acknowledged . . . but it was tragic . . .  defendandprotect   May-18-09 11:55 PM   #97 
     - By who?  Maru Kitteh   May-19-09 12:30 AM   #106 
     - Do you really think Bush has nothing to do with his father's power nexus?  Hannah Bell   May-19-09 01:00 AM   #108 
        - Perfect. The audacity of power and corruption.  destes   May-19-09 04:35 AM   #109 
           - if you go into the history of india, at least, you'll find that some of the  Hannah Bell   May-19-09 04:46 AM   #110 
              - Yeah, and before that allies of the Moguls......  destes   May-19-09 01:55 PM   #114 
                 - not to my knowledge. but the ancestors of john forbes kerry were huge in both india & china.  Hannah Bell   May-19-09 04:12 PM   #115 
                    - Then we shall hoist them on their own petards.........  destes   May-19-09 07:29 PM   #116 
                       - it's direct descendancy from the drug dealers & slave drivers.  Hannah Bell   May-19-09 11:23 PM   #118 
  - Rummy the Dummy, Baka Skebei, should be tried in court...and neutered  opihimoimoi   May-17-09 11:35 AM   #7 
  - Was Rumsfeld playing dumb with Bush . . . ?  defendandprotect   May-18-09 11:57 PM   #98 
  - Americans died because of the inactions of the Bush administration in Katrina  Phoebe Loosinhouse   May-17-09 11:37 AM   #8 
  - EXACTLY!  Torn_Scorned_Ignored   May-18-09 10:48 AM   #74 
  - And we'll never know how many died, either.  CrispyQ   May-18-09 10:55 AM   #76 
  - Don't forget the trains...I never hear anyone talking about them.  MadMaddie   May-19-09 07:34 PM   #117 
  - Arrest Rummy now  Champion Jack   May-17-09 11:51 AM   #10 
  - Could Rumsfeld be Prosecuted For This?  AndyTiedye   May-17-09 12:36 PM   #13 
  - I think Rummy may be the weak link, the first of big fish to fry.  Raksha   May-17-09 05:28 PM   #40 
  - rummy=hate  bdamomma   May-18-09 12:30 PM   #81 
  - Check out those covers at the link  arikara   May-17-09 12:42 PM   #14 
  - I well remember that JFK fired Gen. Edwin Walker ---- yeah . . . guy Oswald supposedly shot at --  defendandprotect   May-19-09 12:03 AM   #100 
  - Why the hell are we only finding out about this now? /nt  dorkulon   May-17-09 12:42 PM   #15 
  - Historical rewrite of the Bush* years???  Samantha   May-17-09 11:16 PM   #51 
  - More evidence  izquierdista   May-17-09 01:23 PM   #16 
  - Think "Chucky" nt  glitch   May-17-09 04:49 PM   #37 
  - One piece of BS in the article I disagree with and have articles that would dispute  csziggy   May-17-09 02:29 PM   #19 
  - Thank you for that. Knowing those who were there immediately and being there 2 wks later myself  uppityperson   May-17-09 02:40 PM   #21 
  - I was stuck at the computer but I have gigabytes of articles about Katrina  csziggy   May-17-09 02:58 PM   #22 
  - thank you for posting  cal04   May-17-09 03:36 PM   #25 
  - As an eye-witness to the miles-long caravan of cars with out-of-state license plates  pacalo   May-17-09 04:22 PM   #29 
  - Well, the Red Cross stayed outside for a long time and said it would not endanger their workers.  Phoebe Loosinhouse   May-17-09 04:55 PM   #39 
  - It might be worth writing to the author about that. The DUer accounts from NOLA were a testament...  Hekate   May-17-09 09:36 PM   #43 
  - Hekate! Are you all right after the fires?  omega minimo   May-17-09 11:45 PM   #53 
  - Aww, thanks Omega. Yes, we're good until the next one. It gave me asthma, but hey...  Hekate   May-18-09 01:24 AM   #56 
     - So is it safe  omega minimo   May-18-09 01:39 AM   #57 
        - Absolutely, only Reagan's Liberry was never in danger  Hekate   May-18-09 02:39 AM   #60 
  - Given the slant of the article, & given that anyone who was paying attention  Hannah Bell   May-18-09 02:08 AM   #58 
     - I suspect the GQ article is all about throwing Rummie under the bus  csziggy   May-18-09 10:54 AM   #75 
        - i suspect you're right.  Hannah Bell   May-18-09 03:03 PM   #89 
  - IT. WAS. GENOCIDE...................... TELEVISED. RACIST. GENOCIDE.  omega minimo   May-17-09 11:44 PM   #52 
  - That's my belief -- GOP . . . sexist, racist, homophobic . . .  defendandprotect   May-19-09 12:09 AM   #101 
  - FEMA stopped and turned away 18 wheeler trucks full of supplies  KeepItReal   May-17-09 11:52 PM   #54 
     - And, again, we've never had any real investigations of what the  defendandprotect   May-19-09 12:11 AM   #102 
  - "Is that the United States of America or some Third World nation..." bullshit.  Hannah Bell   May-17-09 03:32 PM   #23 
  - "Why are DU-ers facilitating bush's history rewrite?" Damn good question. nt  glitch   May-17-09 04:51 PM   #38 
  - K&R  Wednesdays   May-17-09 03:46 PM   #26 
  - You must ask: Who is worse? The doer of the deed or those who will not punish! Think about it. n/t  Badgerman   May-17-09 04:03 PM   #27 
  - The doer of the deeds. We don't know yet about the other, but we do know Rummy et al are evil...  Hekate   May-17-09 09:39 PM   #44 
  - Doers can be insane, to not lock them up or medicate is a concious choice to allow them to continue!  Badgerman   May-18-09 11:28 AM   #77 
  - If nothing is done too the doer of the deed, then those who will not punish, of course.  SammyWinstonJack   May-18-09 05:59 AM   #61 
  - On the other hand, Rumsfield did promote torture, so he's got that going for him.  Uncle Joe   May-17-09 04:09 PM   #28 
  - The GQ article was so well written by Robert Draper -- K&R.  pacalo   May-17-09 04:25 PM   #30 
  - Didn't the Blue Dogs just love Rumsfeld?  Kingofalldems   May-17-09 04:25 PM   #31 
  - ## PLEASE DONATE TO DEMOCRATIC UNDERGROUND! ##  DU GrovelBot   May-17-09 04:28 PM   #33 
  - Fucking psychopath. He needs to spend more time with his prison cell. n/t  EFerrari   May-17-09 04:36 PM   #35 
  - Delusional is not the word I'd use...  yoyossarian   May-17-09 07:54 PM   #41 
  - I'll never forget calling my (then) Senator, a Republican, and screaming at his staff  Arugula Latte   May-17-09 07:59 PM   #42 
  - I called Bill Gates (am in WA) and did the same thing  uppityperson   May-17-09 10:43 PM   #49 
  - I did that too - glad I'm not the only one  Patiod   May-18-09 09:29 AM   #70 
  - This was a precedent in national emergency non-action by Repugs . . .  defendandprotect   May-19-09 12:13 AM   #103 
  - Rumsfeld is a monster in human form--a murdering monster. People need these periodic reminders...  Hekate   May-17-09 09:48 PM   #45 
  - Katrina NOLA was American genocide.  omega minimo   May-17-09 09:59 PM   #46 
  - And the rehabilitation of George Bush's legacy begins...  MilesColtrane   May-17-09 10:08 PM   #47 
  - totally my thought. Which eye-witness is providing this belated testimony, again?  snot   May-17-09 10:34 PM   #48 
  - Someone diverted the choppers that were going to stop the flooding.  Usrename   May-18-09 12:26 AM   #55 
  - They all sat and did nothing . They are all guilty.  peace13   May-18-09 08:26 AM   #63 
  - Bullshit.  LeftHander   May-18-09 08:32 AM   #65 
  - Read the GQ article yesterday  SusanaMontana41   May-18-09 08:50 AM   #66 
  - I call BS on what Shrub allegedly said. NORTHCOM was waiting to be called in by him  OmmmSweetOmmm   May-18-09 09:00 AM   #67 
  - Found a link to BBC video of interview with NORTHCOM officer  suffragette   May-18-09 02:46 PM   #86 
  - Thank you for digging this up. As you can see I was pretty active on that thread and at one  OmmmSweetOmmm   May-18-09 05:59 PM   #94 
     - Thank you again for bringing it up.  suffragette   May-18-09 08:16 PM   #95 
        - Rumsfeld's hands were tied. Shrub had to suspend posse comitatus in order to allow  OmmmSweetOmmm   May-19-09 07:40 AM   #111 
  - Northcom waited while those bastards tried to make political hay out of Blanco  Phoebe Loosinhouse   May-18-09 04:54 PM   #93 
  - IIRC everyone was on vacation-staffers had to compile a DVD for Bush to watch  underpants   May-18-09 09:06 AM   #68 
  - "The president cut Rumsfeld to pieces." I call bullshit...  Javaman   May-18-09 09:07 AM   #69 
  - memos will do major damage to our relationship w/Middle Eastern countries  NJCher   May-18-09 09:56 AM   #71 
  - This actually gives me a modicum of respect for GW Bush...  DesertDiamond   May-18-09 10:39 AM   #72 
  - Don't give him too much credit...  JHB   May-19-09 10:07 AM   #112 
  - Add several hundred counts of manslaughter to the  Vidar   May-18-09 10:41 AM   #73 
  - Heads must roll!!!  winyanstaz   May-18-09 11:52 AM   #78 
  - But we can't hang him? What kind of pension is he getting from us?  aquart   May-18-09 11:53 AM   #79 
  - This is patent nonsense about bush having a rant.  ooglymoogly   May-18-09 12:22 PM   #80 
  - Time will tell . . .  defendandprotect   May-19-09 12:23 AM   #104 
  - Rumsfeld must have sent to much time at his vacation home Mount Misery  MagickMuffin   May-18-09 01:14 PM   #82 
  - The article says federal troops weren't sent in because rumsfeld didn't  Hannah Bell   May-18-09 02:29 PM   #83 
  - "The president holds the power"  Hannah Bell   May-18-09 02:36 PM   #84 
  - Federal troops get limited role in Katrina work  Hannah Bell   May-18-09 02:41 PM   #85 
     - Bush politicking delayed Nat'l Guard for a WEEK after Katrina  Hannah Bell   May-18-09 02:59 PM   #87 
        - Blanco spoke DIRECTLY TO BUSH during this turf war:  Hannah Bell   May-18-09 03:02 PM   #88 
  - IIRC you are correct...  windbreeze   May-18-09 03:08 PM   #90 
     - bush had the power to send in federal troops from day one. his father did it for a riot.  Hannah Bell   May-18-09 03:44 PM   #92 
     - A large portion of the National Guard was in Iraq, that was part of the problem  MiniMe   May-18-09 10:24 PM   #96 
        - Right, and moving to a Federal troop system for domestic use would simply FREE UP more troops  defendandprotect   May-19-09 12:26 AM   #105 
        - Nothing to do with it. Special federal units (not NG) have capability to deploy  Hannah Bell   May-19-09 12:54 AM   #107 
  - Those bastards are ALL responsible. I don't believe for a minute * gave a rats a$$ about any of it.  earth mom   May-18-09 03:32 PM   #91 
  - More reason to keep Rethugs out of office  agentS   May-19-09 10:12 AM   #113 
  - That article isn't exactly accurate...  bdab1973   May-20-09 10:04 AM   #119 

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