There used to be somethng called the "Principles of War" which were taught and believed in the US Army. These were earthy bits of wisdom mainly derived from Napoleon’s "Maxims." Really broad concepts that needed to be considered in planning anything were among the principles.
-Economy of Force
There were a good many more. All had a basic idea associated with them.
One of the more sacred among these "principles" was that of
"Unity of Command." This carried with it the idea that in any endeavor there should be one authority who could coordinate the efforts of all to ensure that things do not "fall through the cracks," that school buses are not left to drown when they are needed to save the poor for example.
We have been "at this moment" for a week now. Where is "Unity of Command" at this late date?
Can anyone tell me that?
As a troglodytic old soldier I count the following "stovepiped" chains of command:
-Louisiana and Mississippi state government, which at least in the case of Louisiana MAY include its National Guard since it is written that Governor Blanco declined to surrender control of the Louisiana Guard (correctly, I believe). It certainly includes the State Police.
-The "active duty forces." This is LTG Honore’s command. (and no more) The 82nd (part), the 1st Cav. (part), some US Marines, some Navy, maybe the out of state parts of the National Guard. (does anyone know if these non-state units were legally brought into federal service?) If not, then their states are paying them and they are not "active duty forces," and therefore not under Honore.
-New Orleans and other municipal authorities with their police and fire departments.
-The FBI and other federal police.
Maybe we need Napoleon, or perhaps Honore to sort this out. Maybe Stonewall Jackson? Heavens! Not that.