September 08, 2005
People are demanding to know more about Lt. General Russel Honore, tagged "John Wayne" by some, but a Guardian Angle by others. In an earlier post which has generated some 2000+ hits on this little blog, his niece had this to say:
Just wanted to 2nd all of the kudo's for Uncle Russ. Yes, he IS my uncle and Yes he IS just as honest out of uniform. A real hero to our family too."General Honore must be equally proud of his family I would suspect.
A bio about the General says:
General Honore is a native of Lakeland, Louisiana. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture upon graduation from Southern University and A&M College in 1971. He holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources from Troy State University as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from Southern University and A&M College.However, I suspect that this doesn't tell the whole story. The General was commissioned the year after I left the Army (I wish I had served with him, though I did serve with many fine soldiers)so, for the last 34 years he has made soldering his life's work.
The Army's ROTC programs have produced some of our finest American Officers (Did you hear that you colleges that don't want ROTC on your campus) and the General is no exception! He has served tours in Korea and Germany, and is currently in Command of the First United States Army based at Fort Gillem, Georgia.
General Honore gave a briefing and answered questions in a Department Of Defense (DoD) today that is well worth reading in full. The Transcript is here.
The blogosphere is bubbling with news about the "Ragin' Cajun" and stories about him abound. The problem is of course, separating the wheat from the chaff. So far, the stories have been mostly adulatory, and seemingly, that is exactly as it should be. General Honore stepped into a huge mess left by cronyism, ineptitude, stupidity and people caring more about politics than about saving people.
The stories before General Honore took charge ranged from such stupidities as Bush caused the Hurricane because he didn't back Kyoto to the city deliberately was abandoned because the majority of it's peoples were black.
Then, in the center of it all levee's collapse and the fingerpointing gets vicious. "See." Everyone said, "Bush cut money from levee construction." Of course, this ignores 40 years of neglect and more importantly perhaps, the 17th Ave Levee that broke was the NEW part, the part that had been worked on by the Corps of Engineers. Wow, ain't that somthin'. But it didn't stop the bashers, sometimes on both sides of the aisle.
Into this steps General Honore and as New Orleans Mayor said:
He came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing and people started moving,"
Additionally, General Honore had to deal with ill informed reporters leading to these comments by the good General:
That's B.S. It's B.S...."
"I can tell you that is B.S. We have got 300 helicopters and some of the finest EMS workers in the world down there.
"There is no red tape ... there are isolated incidents that people take to paint a broad brush."
Honore also lashed out at questions from journalists at the Baton Rouge emergency operations center concerning the security situation in New Orleans.
"You need to get on the streets of New Orleans, you can't sit back here and say what you hear from someone else.Honore noted that people were being scared away by reports of violence.
"It is secure, we walk around without any issues. Why the hell are you trying to make that the issue, if you can help, get there and help,"
When one reporter argued that there still reports of bureaucracy and unrest stalling relief efforts in some outlying parishes of New Orleans, Honore fumed:
"I don't care if it is Hancock County, Mississippi -- we are not going to have that kind of issue."
Tough spoken! Brutally honest! A Commanding General entirely worthy of the title Commander and the right man for the job.
General, I salute you!
UPDATE: For those who continue to harp and gripe about FEMA dropping the ball, here is an interesting quote:
We're starting to move the trailers in," said then-FEMA director and current Hillary favorite James Lee Witt, nearly a month after Floyd first hit. "It's been so wet, it's been difficult to get things in there" ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â� an explanation that sounds familiar.That was regarding Hurricane Floyd that devistated the east coast in 1999. Hillary's carping is fully seen here (A Doffing of the GM Chapeaux to Glenn Reynolds)
Witt was also a guest on Jesse Jackson's CNN show, "Both Sides Now," in Floyd's aftermath. Jackson complained then that "bridges are overwhelmed, levees are overwhelmed, whole towns underwater. . . . (It's) an awesome scene of tragedy."
I know that I like him, because he doesn't play around with the media. He knows his shit and won't let them spin. He saves a lot of time and verbal energy by not wasting words. His few words carry more weight than many a college thesis.
Posted by: LASunsett at Thursday, September 08 2005 06:16 PM (G/2V5)
Posted by: Woody at Friday, September 09 2005 03:02 AM (t7ur8)
Posted by: Scott at Friday, September 09 2005 03:37 AM (2PoNS)
"(NBC News) asked a three-star general just what has taken so long.
"'This is a disaster,' says Lt. Gen. Russel Honore. 'This isn't something somebody can control. We ain't stuck on stupid.'"
Well, maybe not the military, but some people ask stupid questions.
Posted by: Woody at Friday, September 09 2005 07:01 AM (t7ur8)
Having said that, I want to say that I found the article on General Honore outstanding. I just listened to the General on TV, he told the reporters that there would be no imbeds (impeded reporters) on the missions involving the recovery of the deceased and that this would be handled with dignity. He said that we do not need pictures of this in the media. I applaud General Honore on his decision and his firmness in informing the press.
Bravo, General Honore.
Posted by: Marilyn at Friday, September 09 2005 08:17 AM (15lq8)
I thought we were moderate. It's not our fault that we honor the truth and honesty and that, on the other side, the Democrats embrace Ted Kennedy, the Clinton's, Michael Moore, and Jane Fonda. G.M., are we moderate or not?
Posted by: Woody at Friday, September 09 2005 08:35 AM (t7ur8)
I think that our commenter however is saying that we are dyed in the wool conservatives hence, also republicans.
Young lady, first, thank you for the accolades on the article. General Honore really is the REAL THING. On the other hand, I am a conservative, but that doesn't mean I'm not an independent voter like you. I live in deep South Texas (the Rio Grande Valley - El Valle de Rio Bravo if you are from south of the border) and I have lived in south texas for most of the last 40 years. I have voted for far more conservative democrats than I have for conservative republicans, though I admit this is getting harder and harder to do.
One doesn't need to be a conservative to appreciate this site. Jim Hitchcock is one of our regular readers and routinely reads and comments on this site. Usually to disagree with Woody and I but so what?
We write from our hearts, what we believe and what we work for. Both Woody and I disagree with the majority of what the liberal democrats believe and we don't make any bones about it. That is MADE for discussion, something both Woody and I love to foster.
I hope you will come back often and if you disagree with us, say so. I have yet to ban someone for having opposing views, though to be honest I have come close to banning a few who have become excessively snarky and or use vile language.
Again, thanks for your comment, and thanks for droping by. Our respect is out to you.
Posted by: GM Roper at Friday, September 09 2005 11:17 AM (0CqNu)
I left Louisiana in the early sixties and lost of track of Russel. I knew his older brothers, John, Clearance, Marshall and Roderick better than him because they were closer to my age.
When he came on the Kitrina scene It took me a full day to figure what Honore everyone was talking about and just about the time I remembered my father telling me a long time ago that Russel was in the military I heard him cuss and that cemented it for me, He had to be LLoyd honore's son.
Russel comes from a family of nine sons and three daughters. I remember his mother's smiles of approval she graced her children with and Lloyd was tough on his nine boys but always kind, good and fair. The family joked that Lloyd had his own baseball team.
Many times i have heard him yell at his sons "Cut out all that GD cussing."
Needless to say I am extremely proud of what Russel is doing and obviously very proud to be related to him.
I am sure he wouldn't know me but just like I knew his last name he'd know mine but anyhow I am aunt Bonnie and uncle Mauss's (from Baton Rouge) third daughter Marilyn.
Posted by: marilyn ricard at Friday, September 09 2005 11:33 AM (tSc9s)
If Bush would only realize how refreshing it is to hear an official tell it straight and tell the press where to go!
Posted by: Patricia at Friday, September 09 2005 12:44 PM (Fg8Ii)
Posted by: Woody at Friday, September 09 2005 01:42 PM (t7ur8)
Posted by: Patricia at Friday, September 09 2005 03:26 PM (Fg8Ii)
As I did I thought, as so many have pointed out, he was absolutely the right man to bring in to get things moving in the right direction there.
His focus on doing the job, and helping the people rather than playing the blame game is one that should be emulated by many more.
Let's hope it becomes contagious, eh?
As a side note: Great posts, GM.
Though I was just looking for more info on the general, the way they were presented prompted me to look around, was pleased to find a great site.
Posted by: MichiganMom at Saturday, September 10 2005 12:46 PM (UlhD1)
Posted by: Lillian Fox at Saturday, September 10 2005 04:39 PM (yw5cs)
I opened the door and a man slid a gift through the door and said, please give this to miss Iva and tell Mr. Bill I'm very sorry." He bolted away before I could ask any questions and when I turned around my mother had tears running down her face from laughing hysterically! Seems my 74 year old father told the gentleman not to curse outside his window because of his wife. After the third time Dad just opened the door and punched the young guy, knocking him out . Honore is exactly what we needed in this country, less B.S. and more action.
I would just like to offer a sincere thank you to the general and all those making things happen!
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From LK in Louisiana
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honor of serving in the U.S. Army from 1978 to 1984.
Part of the honor was to be able to serve with then
Captain Honore. I was stationed in germany in 1980 and
worked in a G-1 headquarters staff office and who did I
work for but then Captain Honore. I worked with him
for approximately 4 months. We were stationed with the
1st Infantry Division (Forward) BIG RED ONE in the
bavaria town of Goeppingen, Germany. The short time that I served with then Cpt. Honore was a memorable one. Cpt. Honore always treated me with
respect as a soldier and his one liners were always a
treat. I don't think there is a better person to lead the relief efforts from Katrina than LTG Honore. I salute LTG Honore. God Bless.
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Posted by: John at Thursday, September 22 2005 03:32 PM (gd4Rf)
Keep up the good work--someone has to step forward and say it like it is--and you did
This comes from a retired AF CMSGT who has said the same to other Generals who have stepped forward and got the job done, just as you did
CMSGT Pietrowski (retired)
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Women are after you. Say your married if your not.
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Posted by: CHARLIE,MONTOYA at Monday, October 31 2005 12:08 PM (BTILO)
THANK YOU LT. GENERAL RUSSELL HONORE AND YOUR STAFF, FOR YOUR HELP.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
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Posted by: Gil Blanchard at Friday, November 18 2005 02:59 AM (uIPNq)
With the horrors of Katrina, this one person seemed to be in charge. I hope he is not being forgotten. This is a rare specimen of what America can produce. He needs to be cloned immediately and whole lot sent to Washington D.C.
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