QUOTE(nighttimer @ Sep 28 2005, 12:30 AM)
QUOTE(DaffyGrl @ Sep 27 2005, 05:40 PM)
What is Brown’s strategy of blaming everyone outside the federal government intended to achieve?
Oh, I don't know...cover his and ex-bosses well-compensated butts, probably. Bail out Bush's pathetically slow response. Blame the local yokels. Pass the buck.
In other words try to sell this line of crap that what happened with Hurricane Katrina was both beyond anyone's ability to comprehend how deadly it was and put it all on Bianco and Nagin for the resultant screw-ups. That's what Browne is selling, but nobody but Bush Administration apologists are going to buy it."I guess you want me to be the superhero that is going to step in there and suddenly take everybody out of New Orleans." --- Michael Brown
"No. What I wanted you to do was do your job of coordinating." --- Rep. Chris Shays. http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/09/27/kat...rown/index.html
Superhero? More like a supervillain. Let's call him The Bumbling Bureaucrat and arrest him for Gross Negligence, Total Incompetence and Unjustifiable Smug Arrogance.
Well... I hate to bring the good ol' Constitution into this one, but the Federal Government wasn't designed to be the keeper of the states. In order for the Federal Government to step in, the state has to request help.
I'm not blaming anyone really, as the President shouldn't intercede
without the behest of the state government. The Governor really didn't know what needed to be done, and Nagin frankly, was beside himself in the mess that no one anticipated.
FEMA and Brown should've had a plan, but we hadn't had a natural disaster of this scale in nearly 100 years, and we were all ill-prepared. Is it FEMA's job? Of course
. Should we blame the President?
. Of course not
. Let's read:FEMA's mission statement: DISASTER. It strikes anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms -- a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. It builds over days or weeks, or hits suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of Americans face disaster, and its terrifying consequences.
On March 1, 2003, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.
Does any of that negate the fact that the state and city government knew for days
that this hurricane was going to hit, and did nothing? Nope...no way
Consider the National Guard response, of which was at the direction of the Governor. Does the Guard have the capability of carrying people out (i.e. trucks, busses, etc?). Of course. Does the guard have the ability to police areas and prevent (some) violence and criminal activity. Probably (as much as any part-time soldier... much less a 19 year old part time soldier does).
Having a more vested interest (being from Louisiana and knowing this area well), coupled with being a Reservist in the Dallas area, I can say that the situation was never well organized, is still marginally organized at best, and considering the geographical location of New Orleans... there should've been a plan to begin with
. Our Marine Reserve Unit, for instance, was called twice to discuss mobilization (we're not well suited for a job like this.. but are closer than some that were sent). Instead, some Guardsmen from Oklahoma were sent, many of whom had less than 24 hrs notice. All the while, there are some guard units in Louisiana left unactivated (one of which is a good sized transportation unit, flush with previously active duty soldiers well suited for moving sand bags, distributing supplies, etc). Again- Nighttimer
, we have to look past the blame the President game
. He didn't cause global warming, your child's flu, that flat tire you got last month, and didn't break up Jennifer and Brad. I'm sorry... it's far more complicated than "George Bush don't like black people"
(in the well suited words of the popular hip-hop song...)