I’m still trying to sort out this whole mess with Katrina and NOLA, but nothing I’ve seen so far gives me any confidence that this administration has learned a damned thing from past disasters, including 9/11. But it seems that their favorite tactic of just making up crap and hoping everyone continues to believe it is starting to fail:
Chertoff: In addition to local law enforcement, we have 2,800 National Guard in New Orleans as we speak today. One thousand four hundred additional National Guard military police trained soldiers will be arriving every day: 1,400 today, 1,400 tomorrow and 1,400 the next day.
Nagin: I continue to hear that troops are on the way, but we are still protecting the city with only 1,500 New Orleans police officers, an additional 300 law enforcement personnel, 250 National Guard troops, and other military personnel who are primarily focused on evacuation.
At least some people want to know what’s going on. Reportedly, Congress will probe the delay in getting National Guard Troops to the area.
People in NOLA had been wondering where the Red Cross was. Apparently, the Red Cross was banned from bringing food and supplies to Nola. Why? Because apparently this administration thought that having minimal food and water would be too big an incentive to stay in the area. Unbelievable.
Meanwhile, some are actually celebrating this tragedy.
If you’re looking for more information about what’s going on:
Wikipedia has a good set of pages on Hurricane Katrina.
CNN has a Network for Good highlighting organizations mobilized to assist. Warning: some are left-wing, some right-wing, but most are neutral. Make sure your politics agree with who you support if that is important to you.