Friday, September 09, 2005 at 4:16 PM
Here is the link to the thoroughly researched timeline of Hurricane Katrina events.
I agree with the thought, "Now is the time to help, not lay blame." However, I have been angrier than hell the citizens of Louisiana had to sit waiting for help that seemed to never come. I have been as guilty as the next person of pointing out how that happened. That being said, I wanted to share something I came across yesterday.
This is a superb log of the events as they occured, complete with irrefutable evidence of the federal govt. dropping the ball. (the links listed on the site are to The White House, DOD and Office of the Governor websites that show the original memorandums)
You can see where the Governor requested Federal assistance on August 27, two days before the hurricane made landfall.
Here is an excerpt from the letter to President Bush from Kathleen Blanco.
"I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments, and that supplementary Federal assistance is necessary to save lives, protect property, public health, and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a disaster."
Here is an excerpt of the President's response:
You can read the complete memorandum here.
"Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding."
Now here's my question: If the president knew the gravity of the situation and ordered federal assistance, why, when it was known by Tuesday FEMA was not responding the way they had been ordered, did he not mobilize another course of action by the military or Homeland Security? Our military is trained to be extremely efficient in the event of disaster. The U.S.S. Bataan was even waiting off the coast with doctors, a full shelter, food, and water, yet they waited for the president to give the order to assist. Did Fema drop the ball? Yes. Did Homeland Security drop the ball? Yes. Did the president drop the ball? Yes.
Should all of these people be held accountable for the lack of assistance Louisiana received that was requested?
If nothing else the president is guilty of resting on his laurels and inattentiveness. Whatever happened to "The buck stops here?"
buddy don said...
Jason Coleman said...
Ah so you're one of those "overthrow the state governments illegally" people.
I'm curious, if President Bush HAD violated posse comitatus, as well as the US Code regarding deployment of federal troops, would you have given him a pass on violating the constitution and the felony for each trooper deployed illegally???
Sorry but just because you WANT it to be legal when it suits you, it's STILL ILLEGAL for the President to utilize federal troops or NG troops from other states without a Governor's approval, which Blanco did not give until days after the hurricane strike.
Just because she's crying for help on TV doesn't counteract the fact that officially she stiffarmed the feds, failed to file the paperwork, failed request the federal intervention, turned away the Red Cross, turned away Amtrak and threw (along with Nagin) both the city and state evacuation plans right out the window.
Or are you one of those who suggests that Bush invoke the insurrection act and remove Blanco completely??? That would have been the only legal move the president had.
But something tells me that if Bush would have violated the law and gone in you would have bitched, and if he'd have invoked the Insurrection Act, you would have bitched.
Mountain Girl said...
Oh, Jason, where to begin? You speak of a law from 1878 that was enacted to keep the military from acting as a POLICE force. It is a military law that keeps the armed forces from engaging in illegal searches, arrests, and seizure of evidence. It does not apply to federal emergency disaster relief. Know your facts.
Thanks for dropping by, though. Try again next time.
Jason Coleman said...
Perhaps you should learn to read the entire comment before you google some term you see in it that you don't know the meaning to and basing your response from that.
Yes I did mention the Insurrection Act, as are many right now, across the political spectrum. Because that's what people like you have been suggesting the President do. The President didn't have the authority to ride into the state with federal troops as you seem to think he should have. He QUITE simply didn't have the legal authority.
I asked YOU if YOU were one of those thinking that he could, and that he should have invoked the Insurrection Act which would have allowed just what you suggest.
This only goes forward to prove that if Bush would have rolled in over the Governor, you would have bitched, and if he'd have stayed out and followed the law you would have bitched.
Or do you know of some legal loophole that no one else seems to know about??? The Constitution I have still has posse comitatus in it and it cannot be gotten around.
Read next time before you run away to google, Mountain Girl.
The letter you refer to asks for 9 million dollars for post event cleanup. It is more than likely a form letter used by Governers pre-disaster to get the ball rolling.
The response is certainly boilerplate "authorizing" the federal agencies to review stated conditions and, at their descretion, provide the necessary support requested.
A problem will never be solved if the root couses are not fairly and unbiasedly analized, something Bush bashers seem incable of.
The military sends aircraft out of harms way during a pending storm, Amtrack sent its local assets out of harms way, private companies (Greyhound for one) sent its assets out of harms way. Thos assets should have been moved out of harms way with voluntary evacuees at a minimum. Instead we will probably have to buy new busses for Orleans parish.
By the way, there are 21,000 plus school busses in Louisiana that Governor Blanco could have mobilied. Last time I checked FEMA doesn't own any busses.
A Baton Rouge resident
Mountain Girl said...