Saturday, September 03, 2005

“No one expected the levees to break… “ – Part 2

It’s uncomfortably close to “piling on”, but the litany of stupid moves by politicians and career bureaucrats is too egregious to not comment on. Just some notes I’ve picked up in newscasts, webcasts and newspaper articles in the past 12 hours…

The Times-Picayune newspaper of Greater New Orleans did some in-depth research as to what would happen if the levees were to break. There findings were published several years ago and is now reading almost like a playbook as to what has happened this week. No one in the government can say, with any hope of appearing sane, that “no one could know what the extent of the disaster could be.”

On C-SPAN last night, someone from the Army Corps of Engineer stated that the levees were built to handle “99.5%” of the storm disasters that nature could throw at them and that, “unfortunately, this storm was in the .5%”. Fine. That decision was made and it’s pretty pointless at this time to second-guess it. But you mean to tell me that there was no plan to handle the “.5%” possibility? If it happened, we were just supposed to write-off New Orleans? If that’s true, that’s criminal.

In today’s Chicago Tribune, it was reported that the head of FEMA, Michael Brown, was originally the legal counsel for FEMA and, before that, he was with the International Arabian Horse Association. Maybe it’s just me, but that doesn’t sound like much preparation to handle disasters. He’s just another bureaucrat, probably promoted because he didn’t make waves. President Bush appointed this guy – at the end of the day, he’s Bush’s responsibility.

The more one looks into this, the more execrable it appears. I’m looking forward to the government’s responses to my FOI requests…

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