Saturday, September 10, 2005

“New Orleans ignored its own plans…”

Yesterday, the Washington Times reported that the city of New Orleans ignored its own emergency management plan.

More and more of this type of information is now emerging in the mainstream media. I’m hesitant yet, to make my own prediction as to where the blame actually lies, but I think it is becoming clear at this point that State and Local officials are far more culpable than is FEMA and the Federal Government.

One thing that IS clear is that the city of New Orleans was responsible for evacuating its own citizens – and did not do so.

It’s a pity that FEMA wasn’t more ably led as they may have been able to make that point with the public earlier on. Now it may be too late as negative public opinion of FEMA and the Federal Government (while giving State & Local officials a free pass) may already be set in stone. I’m no fan of George Bush and did not vote for him, but the criticism of him regarding Hurricane Katrina has been absolutely over the top. I think he’s been let down, big time, by his own bureaucracy, both the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA. But as he is the one who appointed Michael Brown to head FEMA, I have little sympathy for him…

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