Blake finds a defense of New Orleans' port
that is so strong, so forceful, I almost hesitate to excerpt it. Suffice it to say, that once you understand our port's importance to the country, you understand why this sudden stinginess in D.C. is so petty and strategically idiotic.
The displacement of population is the crisis that New Orleans faces. It is also a national crisis, because the largest port in the United States cannot function without a city around it. The physical and business processes of a port cannot occur in a ghost town, and right now, that is what New Orleans is. It is not about the facilities, and it is not about the oil. It is about the loss of a city's population and the paralysis of the largest port in the United States.
Let's go back to the beginning. The United States historically has depended on the Mississippi and its tributaries for transport. Barges navigate the river. Ships go on the ocean. The barges must offload to the ships and vice versa. There must be a facility to empower this exchange. It is also the facility where goods are stored in transit. Without this port, the river can't be used. Protecting that port has been, from the time of the Louisiana Purchase, a fundamental national security issue for the United States.
New Orleans is not optional for the United States' commercial infrastructure. It is a terrible place for a city to be located, but exactly the place where a city must exist. With that as a given, a city will return there because the alternatives are too devastating.
If saving New Orleans is a major national security issue, what does that say about the people who've abandoned it?---
One of my very first posts dealt with Port Security. I think it aged well.
I honestly think the people who have abandoned us believe they can find another New Orleans to make their millions. But, this defense of the port shows that the port did not grow here because of the city, but rather the city grew here because of the port. There’s a big difference there.
Yes. We are here for a reason.
Nation Security = Port security = Economic Security = Political Security for Bush (at least for a week or so).
Check my latest post. Found another good article on the subject.
Thank you! That article explained so many things so well!
There's one thing that came to mind immediately - so many people in this country have absolutely no concept of how many commodities are moved from place to place by WATER!
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