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National Guard at border OK, in NOLA not so much

Reported by Chrish - June 20, 2006

John Gibson used his "My Word" segment today 6/20/06 to bash NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin and to complain that the National Guard is for war, not for guarding American cities in need. Has this coiffured cowboy even been to New Orleans to see the devastation first-hand? It's not a normal place.

He exposes his ignorance in part:

Troops are for Iraq. The cops should be able to handle New Orleans.

And you wonder why Nagin and his cops don't? Have they decided the city does belong to the street gangs?

If so, Nagin needs to let somebody else be mayor and that somebody else needs to get some new cops. Since when do cops need troops as backup for kids with guns?

It is said that the troops will play a backup role guarding parts of town from looters so the cops can go after the kids. I hope that version of this story is true.

Otherwise we're going to inevitably have a story that a National Guardsman has shot and killed a teenager thug with a gun. Then there will be tons of hand wringing about the poor kid and what terrible things have been brought down on New Orleans because it has been militarized.

New Orleans should be handled by the local cops, and it's a mystery to me why they haven't been able to.

There was no similar lashing of Bush or the Border Patrol when it was announced May 15th that 6,000 National Guard troops will be deployed to assist the latter. Gibson is a red-to-the-core Republican booster, so why is he given a platform every single day to vent his most extremist viewpoints? Where oh where is the balance?????

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