“Katrina Was a Failure of Initiative”

From Scout:

The House Committee investigating Katrina will be issuing a “blistering” report according to WaPo. This was a Republican committee as Democrats had boycotted the investigation out of concern of a whitewash. WaPo noted…..

But it is an unusual compendium of criticism by the House GOP, which generally has not been aggressive in its oversight of the administration.

WaPo reports…..

The 600-plus-page report lays primary fault with the passive reaction and misjudgments of top Bush aides, singling out Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the Homeland Security Operations Center and the White House Homeland Security Council, according to a 60-page summary of the document obtained by The Washington Post. Regarding Bush, the report found that “earlier presidential involvement could have speeded the response” because he alone could have cut through all bureaucratic resistance.

Quotes from the report….

“If 9/11 was a failure of imagination then Katrina was a failure of initiative. It was a failure of leadership,” the report’s preface states. “In this instance, blinding lack of situational awareness and disjointed decision making needlessly compounded and prolonged Katrina’s horror.”


“All the little pigs built houses of straw,” it wrote. “Katrina was a national failure, an abdication of the most solemn obligation to provide for the common welfare.”

Unfortunately the report calls for few changes according to WaPo. Hopefully between the House report and the Senate investigation sufficient pressure will be brought to bear for Chertoff to be removed before the next disaster hits.