Tuesday, June 29, 2010

While Criticizing Federal Response To Spill, Jindal Holds Back National Guard

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) has repeatedly criticized the Federal government for supposedly not providing enough resources to combat the gulf oil spill. CBS has learned, however, that Jindal has used only a small number of National Guard troops at his disposal:

Gov. Bobby Jindal's message has been loud and clear, using language such as "We will only be winning this war when we're actually deploying every resource," "They (the federal government) can provide more resources" and "It's clear the resources needed to protect our coast are still not here."

But nearly two months after the governor requested - and the Department of Defense approved the use of 6,000 Louisiana National Guard troops - only a fraction - 1,053 - have actually been deployed by Jindal to fight the spill.

Jindal offered an excuse that was refuted:

"Actually we asked the White House to approve the initial 6,000," Jindal said. "What they came back and said is the Coast Guard and BP had to authorize individual tasks."

But Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the national incident commander in charge of the government's response to the spill, said Jindal is just flat wrong.

"There is nothing standing in the governor's way from utilizing more National Guard troops," Allen said.

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