Thursday, February 16, 2006

No shit Sherlock!

For now, I just want to point out one line (highlighted below) in the recently issued House report on the Hurricane Katrina emergency response.

Within the emergency management community, there are a handful of potential catastrophes that keep disaster professionals awake at night. Perhaps the most troubling of these has been a category 3 or larger storm striking New Orleans because of its high likelihood of occurrence, the extreme vulnerability of the city to long term flooding, and the difficulty of evacuating a large urban population over limited evacuation routes. As a result, this scenario has been studied, planned, and exercised perhaps more than any other potential catastrophic disaster in the country. A senior disaster professional would be well aware of the consequences of such a storm, recognize the challenges of responding to such a disaster, and appreciate the need for timely and proactive federal assistance.
Comments such as those the President made about not expecting the levees to breach do not appear to be consistent with the advice and counsel one would expect to have been provided by a senior disaster professional. Furthermore, it seems reasonable to expect delays in recognizing the need for and then requesting DOD mission assignments may have been avoided if the President had been advised of the need for early presidential involvement.


Why should George need to be told of the need for involvement? What the hell! Any idiot off the street would want to be proactive. It should be a no brainer for a president.

I guess George had more important matters to attend to while on his month-long vacation at the ranch.


At 2/17/2006 08:15:00 AM, Blogger Liz said...

Its a real shame but this President does need to be told - and told again. The report title is great, but I havent seen any heads roll yet. We need more.

At 2/17/2006 05:29:00 PM, Blogger Rob said...

I love the cover. But anyway, you're right, it's a no-brainer, which explains a lot about what's inside the president's skull. I won't write here the punishment that man so richly deserves.


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