Some 6,000 National Guard personnel from Louisiana and Mississippi who would otherwise be available to help deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina are in Iraq.That struck me as a bit of an anti-war dig. Like the people of these states will not be helped because the National Guard is in Iraq. Then I thought "Nah, I am being too critical of the statememnt. They are just pointing out that the Guard is in Iraq that's all."
But the next paragraph said this:
Even so, Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita said the states have adequate National Guard units to handle the hurricane needs. He said about 6,500 National Guard troops were available in Louisiana, about 7,000 in Mississippi, nearly 10,000 in Alabama and about 8,200 in Florida..
So now I'm back to thinking that it was a deliberate jab at the President and adminsitration over the war in Iraq, especially since Cindy Sheehan and her circus are still parked out in Crawford. Why mention 6000 troops in Iraq when there are almost 32,000 available locally? Is it just me?