Mr Henthorne's report states: "The President has indicated several times that he wants the US military to take a more active role in disaster management and humanitarian assistance.
"There are several reasons why that will not happen easily. (1) Existing laws will not allow the police powers the military will need to be effective. (2) The military is not trained for such a mission and (3) the 'warfighter insurgency' within the US military does not want such a mission and will strongly resist it. Not one civil affairs unit was deployed for either hurricane."
It could be added that it shouldn't be allowed happen because the laws allowing the military to be efffective would poise a threat to democratic life, such as it is, and would be executed by a 'warfighter insurgency' that is trained to kill people, not in due process. If somebody wants to discuss reopening our peacekeeping institute and altering the role of our military to serve the function it's already expected to do overseas without the training - and you can see how well that's been working out - I'm all ears.
:: posted by buermann @ 2005-10-03 11:13:11 CST |