Monday, September 05, 2005

"Who is responsible"

Don Singleton's Who is responsible is a terrific narrative detailing the apparent collapse of the New Orleans emergency response agency. An obvious example: The Superdome was designated as an emergency refuge prior to the hurricane arriving.

Where were the stocks of water and food - as called for in the emergency plan?

Where were the port-a-potties?

Why were none of the 560 some busses that the city had access to not used to evacuate the invalid and elderly? They could have evacuated almost 40,000 people !

On and on.

New Orleans has 3 - that's right - three boats in its possession for rescue. Two of them are broken. Are you kidding me?

I don't know if more may come to light showing where the feds dropped the ball in some horrible capacity (unlikely, but Feds are Feds and bureaucracy is always inefficient at the very least), but now that the National Guard and assorted other military units are on the scene, I expect that the radical improvement of the past few days will continue.

Too bad the Governor of Louisiana waited so long to authorize and/or request all that help.

I watched a press conference today with one of the NO police spokesmen who was asked how long he expected the military to stay in the city. He responded that they will leave when they are no longer needed. Seems like I've heard that before... I wonder how long it will take for the moonbats to start calling for us to set a firm date to withdraw from New Orleans.

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