You'd have thought, after the catastrophic short-handedness in responding to Katrina, the Army, the National Guard, and our Commander-in-Chief would have stopped sending our National Guardsmen overseas to fight a war our country is not interested in, and that will continue to drain our dollars, time, and lives.
You'd have thought.
We know that's not true - but there are very few people speaking out about it. As Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa are threatened by flash floods and disaster, there are fewer National Guard and military personnel overall to help out. You know, the people who were trained for this. Even though it's widely accepted that we were lied into a war, and that we need at least some form of redeployment, numbers of Guardsmen leave every month to "help out" in the war effort.
Part of the reason my younger brother chose Guard when he was deciding about enlisting, was because he would rather help the citizens here, than be sent into a war that he does not believe is just or right. He wouldn't nearly as often come into a situation where he would have to question his morals. Then his troop deployed to Iraq.
Thankfully, for my family, he completed bootcamp at 17, and was, until last month, still in high school. This month, he leaves for further training. We have friends and family in Illinois that have lost their crop for the year already, and there are millions across the midwest who stand to lose much more in the next days. But the National Guard cannot respond nearly adequately enough to help out a majority of families.
This is the real disaster the war in Iraq has caused. It's not just mounting up casualties overseas; it's not just about trillions of dollars spent in a useless war; it's not just about losing civil liberties, honest media, and belief in a working government. It's our homeland, being destroyed by natural disasters, and it's people left to fend for themselves. Talking to a friend of mine in Iowa, she responded,
The flooding is bad enough. Its kinda crept up to the barn, I'm not sure where we'll put the horses. [Redacted] has been calling the state, trying to see when we're going to get help. Almost all the roads around Cedar Rapids have been closed. As for the help....gods please dont send Fema."
Our nation is ill equipped to handle the problems plaguing our country. What is infinitel worse - the government doesn't seem to care, and has barely responded to the issues plaguing millions.