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National Guard finally reaches New Orleans

“Hell no, I’m not glad to see them. They should have been here days ago. I ain’t glad to see ’em. I’ll be glad when 100 buses show up. We’ve been sleeping on the … ground like rats,” Levy said. “I say burn this whole … city down.”

— survivor Michael Levy on the very late arrival of the National Guard

The priority is to deliver food, water and medicine. Evacuation plans are now being worked out, and the AP says it could take days.


The commanding general in charge of the relief effort in New Orleans was directing the operation from a street corner. He told the troops, part of a deployment of 1,000 members of the National Guard, to make sure they kept their guns down.

“A few moments ago, he stopped a truck full of National Guard Troops … and said, ‘Point your weapons down, this is not Iraq,'” said CNN’s Barbara Starr who is traveling with the three-star general.

“He is very determined to keep this looking like a humanitarian relief operation,” Starr said.

Doesn’t it make you feel warm and fuzzy inside that the troops had to be ordered not to spray the crowd wholesale to get the situation under control?

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