The Washington Post reports that a firefighter has been killed fighting wildfires near San Diego.
It is clear that our war on fire is a complete and utter failure, and that we should immediately pull out of California and allow the wildfire to run its course. Furthermore why are we fighting fires near San Diego when the real fires are near Los Angeles. It is clear that we cannot afford to give the President a blank check, and should withhold funding to the Forestry Service and FEMA until he can demonstrate a real plan for dealing with these fires. As one Bush Administration official put it:
“There’s fire on so many fronts, it’s not even manageable at this point,” said Chris Cade, a fire prevention technician with the U.S. Forest Service, as he watched a pillar of smoke he estimated at 9,000 feet rise into a hazy sky thick with ash. “I am at a loss what you can do about it.”
Of course the Administration keeps trying to put a positive spin on things despite the record of failure.
California Forestry Department incident commander John Hawkins told exhausted firefighters not to give up.
“We hear losses,” he said. “But the bottom line is we don’t hear how many were saved, how many of you put your name, your body, your heart on the line to save the houses.”
The war against fire in California is a quagmire. It’s time to let the UN fight these fires for us.
(In all seriousness, my condolences to the family of a fallen firefighter. In many ways they put themselves on the line just as often as soldiers do, and many have given their lives in the service of their country. Their sacrifice is another example of the strength of character that makes this nation what it is.)