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|President Bush, his aides say, is interested in holding a 'national discussion' over the need for legislation to give the regular military a greater role in dealing with catastrophic natural disasters. If the White House is true to form, the need for a 'discussion' is probably superfluous because the president has already decided and Bush press secretary Scott McClellan gave a pretty good preview of what that was -- a 'trigger' to allow for the military to assume full responsibility for the immediate response. One must then quickly ask why, if the Pentagon is going to be taking charge of disaster response, do we need the Department of Homeland Security? This seems a recipe for competition and overlap. AND IF THIS IS THE PLAN, WHY DOES BUSH AND THE GOP CONTINUE TO THROW MONEY AT HOMELAND SECURITY? DOES THIS ACT VIOLATE POSSE COMITATUS?|
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