Friday, September 23, 2005
New Orleans: Who Will You Listen to Now?
In a shocking series of events today (pardon me while I yawn), the levees protecting New Orleans from the laws of physics and the forces of nature again broke open.
There has been much finger pointing since the Hurricane Katrina debacle last month. One person who continues to remain relatively unscathed is the mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin.
Ray Nagin is the person who shelved the NO evacuation plan--while a Cat 5 storm was bearing down on his below-sea level city.
Mayor Nagin is the same person who began re-opening his swamp, err, city, to residents--against the advice of leading Federal officials--as Hurricane Rita churned its way into the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week.
And now parts of New Orleans are again under water. This illustrates to me that, while there were undoubtedly shortcomings in the FEMA response to Katrina, there was obvious ineptitude and misguided leadership at the local level in the days leading up to the storm's landfall.
I now return to my weekend endeavors.