The Pentagon on Saturday was sending about 500 active-duty soldiers to the areas of Louisiana hit by Hurricane Rita and said about 27,000 National Guardsmen were ready to respond in Texas and Louisiana. Five mortuary teams went to Texas.
Troops from the 82nd Airborne Division headed to Lafayette, La., about 135 miles west of New Orleans, to help with search-and-rescue efforts, said division commander Maj. Gen. Bill Caldwell. He said about 3,200 of his soldiers would be prepared to go to Lafayette by Sunday, if needed.
Where was this response a month ago when Hurricane Katrina blew in? Bush could not be bothered to cut his vacation short, now after hard lessons learned he’s patting himself on the back…
“It comforts me knowing that our federal government is well organized and well prepared to deal with Rita,” said Bush.