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Katrina will help Army meet its enlistment goal.

With a million new homeless, and jobless it doesn't take Nostradamus to figure where these young men and woman will turn for employment.
There are many people and agencies to blame for the total cluster-fuck that is the Katrina aftermath. The Mayor of New Orleans is to blame along with the people who voted for him, The Governor of Louisiana, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Past Mayors, Governors and Presidents along with both Democrats and Republicans in Congress who parities have both had control of congress at times over the past 40 years and the people who voted them in office.

There is plenty of blame to go around, but spending our time finding the person(s) who fucked up won't fix anything.

We know who fucked up. We did. We put incompetent, distracted, indifferent and corrupt people in positions of power and responsibility, then when things go to shit, we expected them to become competent, focused, concerned and honest when needed. That was our fault.

Since this Hurricane and the resulting fuel shortages will cause a recession next year, it is almost certain that the Army, Navy, and Marines will be able to meet their enlistment quotas.
explain again how exactly the Mayor is to blame?? 02.Sep.2005 23:45

persona non grata

Those were Corps of Engineers owned dikes. You can't touch those things without approval from the feds. Congress appropriated the funds to fix them years ago. The money was diverted for two years in a row to fight the insurgency in Iraq. The mayor and other local officials pleaded with the Administration to restore funding. Their pleas fell on deaf ears. To place the blame in their laps and not where it properly belongs is nothing short of GROTESQUE.

Hold on a minute here 03.Sep.2005 01:34


We are not responsible for putting Bush into office. The votes didn't count, remember?

I don't know what the major had to do with it. And the governor asked, but could get no money for emergency evactuation.

No, this one goes to Bush. He cut the money for the dike repairs. He could have sent the troops in before things got bad.

BTW, he did 911 too. We all remember 911, right?

Now someone tell me this: How in the hell did 911 count as a plus for Bush? Even if you believe the government story he would have to at least turned a blind eye to let it happen.

New Orleans is just the latest in a long line of Bush disasters.

A very long line.

what is needed, AFTER the wounded are evacuated 03.Sep.2005 10:31

Chile del Arbol

When the wounded, dead, and dying have all been cared for, THEN it will be time to call for a complete investigation into EXACTLY HOW this disaster occurred, and who or what factors were aggravating and mitigating, just as we called for a thorough investigation after the (much smaller) disaster that occurred in September 2001. There are too many unanswered questions. We need to know those answers, and assign responsibility, if only to learn to prevent and mitigate such disasters in the future. How much do you want to bet that those at the top will do everything they can to frustrate and roadblock any such inquiry (just as they did in that earlier disaster)?

The fish rots from the head.

Primary Responsibility 03.Sep.2005 14:16

by Armando http://armando.dailykos.com/


Sat Sep 3rd, 2005 at 10:49:55 PDT

From the Department of Homeland Security Website:

In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will assume primary responsibility on March 1st for ensuring that emergency response professionals are prepared for any situation. This will entail providing a coordinated, comprehensive federal response to any large-scale crisis and mounting a swift and effective recovery effort. The new Department will also prioritize the important issue of citizen preparedness. Educating America's families on how best to prepare their homes for a disaster and tips for citizens on how to respond in a crisis will be given special attention at DHS.

Michael Chertoff had "primary responsibility" then on the emergency response to Hurricane Katrina, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Hat tip to Americablog.

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