Friday, September 09, 2005

Assigning Blame

Anybody who focuses blame for the slow response to Katrina's destruction on any one person or department clearly has an agenda. Charles Krauthammer spreads the blame around, in contrast to some others:
No fall of a sparrow on this planet is not attributed to sin and human perfidy. The three current favorites are: (1) global warming, (2) the war in Iraq and (3) tax cuts. Katrina hits and the unholy trinity is immediately invoked to damn sinner-in-chief George W. Bush.
The President is not without blame, but it seems that there were failures on every level. Local and state officials failed to execute an existing evacuation plan. FEMA was late in responding and may have been initially paralyzed by bureaucracy. Leadership with "virtually no experience in handling disasters", sure didn't help the people of New Orleans. Neither did a complete collapse of the infrastructure. Of course, if people had been evacuated by the city and state, they wouldn't have had to be rescued.