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Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Big Easy Was In Control or Chaos?

Michael Brown, the former FEMA head, has been interviewed by the NYT and paints an initial picture of an inability to figure out the status of Louisiana because of stonewalling by the locals, Governor Blanco in particular. Her televised performance gives Brown's account credence.

"I truly believed the White House was not at fault here," he said. He focused much of his criticism on Governor Blanco, contrasting what he described as her confused response with far more agile mobilizations in Mississippi and Alabama, as well as in Florida during last year's hurricanes.

While Blanco accepted responsibility, she denied FEMA was stonewalled in any way:

Governor Blanco said Wednesday that she took responsibility for failures and missteps in the immediate response to the hurricane and pledged a united effort to rebuild areas ravaged by the storm, adding, "at the state level, we must take a careful look at what went wrong and make sure it never happens again." A spokesman for Ms. Blanco denied Mr. Brown's description of disarray in Louisiana's emergency response operation. "That is just totally inaccurate," said Bob Mann, the governor's communications director. "Everything that Mr. Brown needed in terms of resources or information from the state, he had those available to him."

Disarray is in the eyes of the beholder. Check out this clip and tell me if there was not complete chaos in New Orleans:

http://www.wimp.com/orleans/


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