Oct 29 2005
For those new to the site I have quite a few posts on Katrina and how Nagin and Blanco were the primary sources of the debacle there (Michael Brown had successfully handled five major storms up to the point). The truth is Nagin and Blanco did not make any tactical adjustments once the levies broke, which is why so many people were left stranded. The 18 hour flooding of New Orleans allowed plenty of opportunity to move people away from the flooded areas -the state and local governments simply did not act.
And now we learn Blanco is responsible for one of the cruelest screw ups – how the dead were treated. Michael Brown relied on Nagin and Blanco to follow the disaster plans they had established and rehearsed with the Feds. But because Blanco and Nagin ‘winged it’ Brown was made to be the fall guy. Some in Congress lambasted him for not pretending to be Emporer and taking control from the state!
But he never did this.
Bodies of people killed by Hurricane Katrina went uncollected for more than a week in the New Orleans area as the federal government waited for Louisiana’s governor to decide what to do with them, according to memos released Thursday by a Republican-led House committee.
The families of the victims should be rightfully outraged. And all Americans should be outraged at what the acts of a few idiotic elected officials have done to our reputations.
So why is Brown out of a job and Nagin and Blanco still in their jobs (along with a US Congress that whines everytime it is shown they screwed up too)? Elected officials are not accountable! They find scape goats to cover themselves. And we buy into the game time after time.