The foreign policy angle of the tornado was the lack of preparedness of the National Guard. Kansas has enough troops to help in the clean-up but half of its heavy equipment for debris removal--frontloaders, dumptrucks, flatbeds--has been sent to fight the war in Iraq. "The pace of recovery will be excruciatingly slow," ABC's Lisa Stark (subscription required) warned. "For now Kansas will rent, borrow, grab any truck it can." From the Pentagon, CBS' David Martin looked at the general state of the National Guard. Across all states, the average level of available equipment on the home front is 40%, with even the best-off state, Ohio, having only 65% of its required gear. "A national epidemic," is what Gen Steven Blum called it.
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