Criminal Negligence

From Holden:

That ought to be an impeachable offense, don’t ya’ think?

“This is a national disgrace. FEMA has been here three days, yet there is no command and control,” Ebbert told the Associated Press as he watched refugees evacuate the Superdome yesterday. “We can send massive amounts of aid to tsunami victims, but we can’t bail out the city of New Orleans. We have got a mayor who has been pushing and asking, but we’re not getting supplies.”

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Rep. Charles W. Boustany Jr., (R-La.), said he spent the past 48 hours urging the Bush administration to send help. “I started making calls and trying to impress upon the White House and others that something needed to be done,” he said. “The state resources were being overwhelmed, and we needed direct federal assistance, command and control, and security — all three of which are lacking.”

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“I will confess that it has caused us a lot of stress,” Blanco said. “We would have wanted massive numbers of helicopters on Day One.”

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Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honore, the Army officer in charge of the military task force set up to respond to Katrina, acknowledged yesterday that the vast extent of hurricane damage had caught him and other military planners off guard.

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[Martha A. Madden, former secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality], now a national security and environmental consultant, said the lack of immediate federal help, specifically in the form of military assistance, was “incomprehensible.”

“How many people are going to die, per hour, before you get 40,000 troops in there?” Madden asked yesterday. “I think it has cost lives. . . . They can go into Iraq and do this and do that, but they can’t drop some food on Canal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, right now? It’s just mind-boggling.”