If you’re not listening to This American Life right now you should be.
Ira Glass started this week’s show, featuring interviews with people who lived through Hurricane Katrina and its afterfmath, with this very important point that is consistently overlooked in the “blame game” :
The governor of Louisiana and the office of the President both declared a state of emergency before the hurricane hit. The federal government, FEMA, Homeland Security (I hate that name – it sounds so Deutschland über alles) had all the authority they needed to act.
So the head of FEMA has been removed from immediate responsibility for the post-Katrina relief efforts. This is the first time in the last 4-1/2 years I can remember the Bush administration even remotely holding anyone accountable for their (in)actions.Update Sep 13 2005 I forgot about George Tenet of the CIA falling on his sword after 9/11. Okay, that makes two. Everyone else gets medals and promotions.