Monday, September 05, 2005

Which finger are we pointing?

"The crime of this story is, you've got millions of dollars in assets and it's not deployed," he said. "We mount a better response in a Third World country." - Dr. Jeffery Guy

Governmental red tape is fantastic. Bigger government? I think that one thing that we have learned from this disaster is that perhaps a streamlined government might be more productive. That's something that probably won't be happening any time soon, but at least the thought might be there in the back of people's minds. Perhaps the most important thing to come of this could very well be that someone'll realize that when incompetent state governments don't request the Guard, that the president shouldn't have to sit around waiting for the green light. Such a shame that a state with the most corrupt government got hit. Mississippi's doing far better - which I suppose explains why they're not getting the press. Media loves to dwell on the negative.

Update, 10:47 - Found on the Captain's Quarters (which I will blogroll when the server stops dying)... ineptitude from Nagin! Wow... seems like just about everyone dropped the ball. One thing though... those busses... thousands evacuated... and where do they take them? I'd like to see if they had that part of the evac plan set up. Dump them in a field in Arkansas? Speaking of Arkansas - have they offered to help? Just curious.

But in general, the disaster plan for New Orleans seems effective had it been followed. Followed including the omission of the Superdome as a shelter. They had many other public buildings designated that were tested and given the green light as stable... and then they wedge people in the Superdome, which had already failed previous stability tests. If they had spread out the people, maybe the huge level of crime, etc. would not have happened. Maybe they wanted a central location for pick-up. Who knows.

Oh, and Gov. Blanco also appeared to refuse to follow disaster plans and common sense. I guess she wanted to wait for the president to federalize the troops to send them in. Scary concept (that the president can do that) but this time it might have not been a bad idea.

A senior administration official said that Bush has clear legal authority to federalize National Guard units to quell civil disturbances under the Insurrection Act and will continue to try to unify the chains of command that are split among the president, the Louisiana governor and the New Orleans mayor.

Sounds like what's going on in the Big Easy falls under civil disturbance, though - and probably has since day one.


Janus said...

I understand what you are saying but it does not address one very important issue. After 9/11 this should not be happening - after all we had three days notice. I live in Florida and lived though the 2004 hurricane season. After all the money we spent on Homeland Security and the lessons of 9/11 the word "red tape" should not be in our security vocabulary.

Laura said...

Oh, I totally agree with you. I always assumed that the point of Homeland Security and FEMA were disaster relief - man made and nature made. Someone should have streamlined this by now.

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