The Armchair Generalist on post-Katrina federal reorganization:
What did surprise me was when GEN (ret) Barry McCaffrey, speaking on NBC News last night, agreed that the military should be the lead agency. He should know better. The military may be good at executing orders and making things happen, but they’re kinda busy right now and undermanned to conduct overseas military operations, homeland defense, and lead civil support. The quality of our military forces and focus on mission accomplishment should not be an excuse to overlook DHS’s failure to work efficiently.
What bothers me about making the military the lead for everything isn’t just posse comitatus, or resource allocation. It’s that every organization sucks at one point, and the military will too at the wrong time. Plus that “absolute power corrupts” concept. That’s why separation of powers is a good thing.
Boy I hope the political pendulum swings in time for this initiative to be ignored…
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