Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Jindal and Teepell Politicize the National Guard - Insult Generals

In January, 'Bobby' Jindal appointed a committee to review the operations of the Louisiana National Guard. Major General Ansel 'Buddy' Stroud headed the comittee and was assisted by Brig. Gen. Sam deGeneres, Brig. Gen. Kenneth Ross, Brig. Gen. Richard Averitt and Brig. Gen. Arthur Abercrombie.
The panel completed their work and submitted their findings to the governor. They found that the guard is suffering from low morale, leadership problems and nepotism. Retired Brig. Gen. Kenneth Ross said he and his fellow panel members put in days of work only to be rudely dismissed by the governor's office.
A major disagreement between the administration and the panel of generals erupted last week when Jindal reappointed Maj. Gen. Bennett Landreneau as the state's adjutant general without reviewing the report by the governor's Recommendation Committee for the Adjunct General of the Army National Guard, a position that oversees the Louisiana National Guard. In the generals' words, they were "flabbergasted and insulted" that the governor would totally ignore their input.
Stroud says the committee members agreed to devote their valuable time to the project because they were told that their work would keep politics out of the governor's decision. "Obviously, we were misled regarding this."
Ever arrogant, Jindal's Chief of Staff Timmy Teepell sent this letter to Stroud, questioning his consulting work with The Shaw Group. At least this is a first; association with The Shaw Group is usually a fast track into the administration.
Despite the political commercials last fall decrying his love of our military, this should not come as a surprise to anyone. Jindal has a history of not supporting the military, as shown in this blog post from last October by Lamar White Jr.
Want to read the report for yourself? Well, you're out of luck. The 'transparent' Jindal administration refuses to release it, citing executive privilege.


Grandmère Mimi said...

Jim, I'm still waiting to be pleasantly surprised by Jindal, but, more and more, I fear that he may be worse than I expected - maybe much worse.

Jim said...

I said from the beginning that I feared he was just another slick, packaged politician, and I've seen no evidence to the contrary.

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