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As tedious as it might be to issue a gentle correction to one of one's contributors, after Martin's post of this evening, in which he said...
... (yesterday, a little iron(y) entered the soul upon seeing George W. Bush preaching to the Burmese about, of all things, disaster relief)...

... but I feel that I must re-emphasise the point that the most amount of damage done to New Orleans (by anything or anyone other than Katrina) was done by the (Democratic) Governor Blanco (she blocked the arrival of troops and refused to declare a state of emergency) and the (Democratic) Mayor, Ralph Nagin (who failed to realise, should you corral large numbers of people into a sports stadium, that they might actually need food and (ironically) water).

But then, we're all rather used to the childish level of argument where Bush is concerned, are we not...?


JuliaM said…
"....who failed to realise, should you corral large numbers of people into a sports stadium, that they might actually need food and (ironically) water."

And also that, should your evacuation plan rely on the city's school buses, it might be an idea if they were parked out of harms way and not left to flood...
I seems to remember that the last time there was a bit of a natural disaster in that part of the world (that tsunami) the first and most effective help on the scene came from the US Navy. Closely follwed by their Australian counterparts.

The USN basically parked a couple of landing ships off the coast and used their helicopters and landing craft to get supplies and manpower ashore. The grunts got busy performing basic rescue tasks and handing out rations while marine engineers climbed into doing heavy rescue work, building refugee camps and opening up roads. Their medics meanwhile set up field hospitals and aid stations right in the middle of the disaster zone.

If I remember correctly this was managed within a day or so after the actual disaster. The UN and other tranzi bodies meanwhile wasted quite a lot of time "discussing" what should be done.
xoggoth said…
If New Orleans did not rate a state of emergency I would hate to be in a city that did.
Anonymous said…
I feel quite connected to what happened in New Orleans - the missus was born there, her parents met and married there, etc - and I'd have to say that no-one did their job properly that day.

No branch of government - not federal nor state nor municipal - delivered as they were supposed to. None of the politicians or appointees involved in the disaster response have any right to feel satisfied with the outcome.

Everyone screwed up royally.
JuliaM said…
"The UN and other tranzi bodies meanwhile wasted quite a lot of time "discussing" what should be done."

But the hotel and catering bills were awesome...!
Alan Douglas said…
AS I understand the USA system, each state is sovereign, and the FEDERAL Government can only intervene at the request of the state govenor/authorities.

I believe that Bush offered help, but was refused, hence it is correct to blame the State and N O City authorities for the relief effort disaster.

But it is so much more fun to mindlessly bash Bush.

Alan Douglas

Not to mention the turnover in every massage parlour, knock shop and titty bar within a cab ride of the meeting venue.

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