Wednesday, May 09, 2007 | 05/09/2007 | Greensburg devastation followed by political storm | 05/09/2007 | Greensburg devastation followed by political storm: "Greensburg devastation followed by political storm
Democrats, GOP now try to becalm the flare-up over the diversion of disaster gear to Iraq.
The Kansas City Star

The Greensburg tornado has turned into a political storm.

It started when Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, said a lack of National Guard equipment would slow recovery efforts, because much of it is in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Given the political black eye that President Bush still wears over his administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina, Sebelius’ comments about Greensburg struck a nerve.

The Republican White House was snappish. Spokesman Tony Snow said Tuesday morning that Sebelius had asked only for “FM radios.”

He also appeared to lecture the governor about how to seek help from the government: “If you don’t request it, you’re not going to get it.”"

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