"The role that we think the Department of Defense can play is certainly in staging, distribution, and coordination. I do not think at all that the military needs to come in and take over the state's function of the local government's function."No, actually, the problem was that 40% of the Louisiana Guard was in Iraq with 100% of the equipment that was needed to respond. As their communications gear, generators, water trucks, and the vehicles modified to operate in swamps were in an Iraqi desert, the Louisiana Guard wasn't able to operate effectively.
Miller says one problem in Louisiana after Katrina was the governor and mayor wanted to control the National Guard, but then didn't know what to do with them.
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