Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The big question

posted by Rob at 7:53 AM

Leave it to a news organization across the pond to ask the primary question regarding the New Orleans tragedy (emphasis mine):
The Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco said at the same news conference that President Bush had called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation.

The night before, National Hurricane Director Max Mayfield had called Mayor Nagin to tell him that an evacuation was needed. Why were these calls necessary?
The BBC article does spank FEMA appropriately (keep in mind this article was written before this occured).

The BBC goes on to support a contention made by James Taranto yesterday:
The scenes which most shocked the world were at the Superdome and the Convention Center. Yet it turns out that neither Mr Brown nor his boss, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, knew about the crises there until Thursday.

This, despite numerous television reports from the scene. It was not until Friday that the first relief convoy arrived.

"The very day that this emerged in the press, I was on a video conference with all the officials, including state and local officials. And nobody, none of the state and local officials or anybody else, was talking about a Convention Center," Chertoff told CNN. Note how he blames local officials.
The overall article is an interesting read. It touches on the conflicts between state and federal authority, the mystery of how Michael Brown came to head Fema, and the grief directed by politicos toward President Bush.


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