A View From The Handbasket

Thursday, October 20, 2005
Brownie/heckuva job/etc.
Posted by neros_fiddle at 10:18 AM
Well, there goes the talking point that it was Nagin and Blanco that screwed up the Katrina response. Brownie's boss tells us what we already assumed -- Brownie was just trying to shift the blame that was on his shoulders.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's lack of planning, not the failures of state and local officials, was to blame for much of what went wrong with the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told members of Congress today.

The assessment by the most senior administration official to answer legislators' questions since the hurricane struck in late August contrasted sharply with testimony offered earlier by former FEMA Director Michael Brown. Brown had blamed the "dysfunction" of Louisiana state and local officials for the problems that hobbled the relief effort.

"From my own experience, I don't endorse those views," Chertoff said.

He told lawmakers that he found the governors and mayors of the region to be responsive as the crisis unfolded.

Why does Michael Chertoff hate America?

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