Army Corps of Engineers
A Revolution in Muddy Brown
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The Army Corps of Engineers held water in reservoirs during the spring despite high snow pack and compelling evidence that flooding was immanent. According to this article in the Great Plains Examiner:
“The period between March 20 and May 6 has been difficult for the Army Corps of Engineers to explain. During that span, the Corps’ water managers kept river levels low and stockpiled near-record amounts of water behind the three upper basin dams on the Missouri River, despite evidence that the Rocky Mountains were holding a lot more snow than normal.
The reservoirs were so full by early May that they couldn’t contain the late-spring rainfall that pounded Montana and the Dakotas.”
So, the Corps of Engineers must have been holding that water to prevent flooding downstream, right?
“But when asked repeatedly whether early spring floods downriver caused more water to be held at Fort Peck, Garrison and Oahe dams, the Corps of Engineers said no. Farhat also said concerns about flooding along the Mississippi River had no bearing on water releases into the Missouri River.”
So reservoir levels were being kept up despite no dangers of downstream flooding and a policy that was unconcerned with what was happening on the Mississippi.
The article continues:
“Daily logs kept by the Corps of Engineers show that water managers began 2011 on an aggressive schedule to draw down the levels at Lake Sakakawea, releasing high amounts of water through the dam in January, February and the beginning of March. The average release rate of about 25,000 cubic feet per second during the first two-and-a-half months was almost twice as much as average for that time of year.
But instead of pushing more water through Garrison Dam to keep up with high inflows, the Corps of Engineers reduced the release rates. The rate of release from the dam during the next 45 days was lowered to an average of about 16,000 cubic feet per second. During that time, water flowed into Lake Sakakawea at an average of 60,000 cubic feet per second and raised the reservoir levels by about 10 feet.”
Now, why did they reduce release? Was it fear of drought? To keep levels up to protect endangered species? Who ultimately gave the order.
I suspect it came straight for Washington; likely from the office of Ken Salazar at the Department of the Interior himself.
Why do I suspect that? Because the Army Corps of Engineers blew some levees to protect Democrat strongholds and flooded farm country, then swooped in to buy this fertile bottom land for pennies on the dollar.
Who said “never let a good crisis go to waste”? I believe it was Obama’s former chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel.
Think about it; it was obvious a flood was coming anyway. Barack Obama’s administration is chock-full of revolutionaries who want to fundamentally remake America, and along comes this looming crisis. There is a great deal that can be taken from this. For starters, it helps sew chaos, the goal of Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward, who advocated the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” of overloading the system. A flood that engulfs the Midwest puts serious strain on a system already strained, and adds to the feelings in this country of impending doom and disaster. It drives people off the bottomlands - a goal of environmentalists, who want to restore the “wetlands”. It allows government to take some of the most productive farmland in the world. It Punishes political enemies. A pre-planned disaster allows friends of the Administration to make money (Soros, anyone?) It helps to bankrupt Midwestern states, who may well have no choice but to crawl to the federal government for help. Oh, and it could be blamed on Global Warming, too!
In short, there was going to be a flood anyway. Why not use it to advantage? It should be pointed out that Cairo, Illinois is a Democrat stronghold, for instance.
At every turn this regime finds excuses to grab more power. Why should we assume anything different here?
We know these people are capable of doing this. Obama refused to declare a state of emergency over the Texas wildfires, for instance, because he has no strong political base there. Remember what they did to the Gulf Coast following the Deepwater drilling rig explosion; a total ban on Gulf drilling, destroying the economy of that region. Remember Operation Gunrunner where the BATF flooded Mexico with weapons to push gun control here in the states (and kill countless Mexican and American citizens in the process). They even used the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona to promote their new “civil tone” hoping to shut Republicans up - a new tone they were quick to abandon. (Just recently Democrat Chuck Schumer accused Republicans of purposely trying to tank the economy for political gain - the new tone was just political rhetoric.) Consider what The One did to “fix” the economy; seized control of one seventh of the Nation’s economy, the only growth industry during the recession. Oh, and he also grabbed the General Motors and gave it to his union friends.
And, considering the squeeze this Administration has put on the agricultural sector (see here and here) as well as Obama’s new “rural council” designed to implement U.N. Agenda 21 and sets the heavy boot of government on the throats of farming communities, one can hardly doubt that this was a crisis worth exploiting. (Why is the Defense Department, Homeland Security, the CIA, etc. involved in setting farm policy?)
If history has taught us anything it is the importance of the countryside, particularly farmland. Mao took control of China not because he fought better or had popular support but because the communists were scattered into the countryside by the Japanese during WWII while the legitimate government of China - the Nationalists - were holed up in cities. After the war the communists controlled the farmland. Chiang Kai -Shek had no way to feed his troops in the end. And the Soviet Union took all the food out of Ukraine to create an artificial famine, because the Ukrainians Kulaks were outperforming the state-run farms of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat. It broke the independent farmers. Control the food supply and you control the populace. Our government seems to be reaching deep into the breadbasket of the nation.
More and more the Great Flood of 2011 is starting to look like a revolution in muddy brown.