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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Still no real Katrina response

This is turning into a bad week for the Bushies as well, and Katrina may be thanked for it.

Victims are being turned out of their hotels, while the trailers supposed to provide homes for them sit by the thousands in 'holding' areas. And as soon as Michael Brown finished testifying to Congress, Chertoff comes up with a big reforms package for DHS. Why did he have to be slapped in the face with Brown's testimony before he decided something needed to change? And since his reforms package is apparently a response to Brown's testimony two days earlier, how well thought through can the reforms be?
Overall, the House report said, the federal government's response to Katrina was marked by "fecklessness, flailing and organizational paralysis."

"Our investigation revealed that Katrina was a national failure, an abdication of the most solemn obligation to provide for the common welfare," said a summary of the scathing report obtained Sunday by The Associated Press.

But the White House rushes to it's own defense of course.

"I reject outright the suggestion that President Bush was anything less than fully involved," said White House homeland security adviser Frances Fragos Townsend.

'Scuse me, Franny, but wasn't he on vacation drying out in Crawford? Didn't it take him like, 4 days, to get to New Orleans to see what was going on? And if Bush was fully involved, then Bush is to blame because he's 'the boss' who's management was a total failure.

Well, at least a group of Senators is sounding off on the matter, not all of them Democrats, and none of them happy about what they heard last week. So maybe we'll have another bad week for Bush. And that will be a good week for America.

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