Saturday, September 10, 2005

Bark: Brown mess

Interesting development in New Orleans today. Michael Brown, the director of FEMA has been sent to Coventry (well, back to Washington, rather) because he's become a liability to the Bush government, thanks to his mishandling of the disaster and his comments that resulted in a public relations disaster, which I reported on at the beginning of the week.

Almost two weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit, I find it incredible that bodies are still lying in the streets, and that no-one in authority seems to be too concerned that the operation to retrieve the dead has only just begun. I hope that the inquiry into the response to the disaster isn't (if you'll excuse the somewhat tasteless expression) a complete washout. Surely it's about time that governments realised that you need to appoint competent, experienced people who are qualified to take on these kinds of jobs, rather than place all your buddies into lucrative directorships of Federal institutions...

And why did they start giving out $2,000 debit cards to some of the victims, only to withdraw them less than 48 hours later? Honestly. What a mess...
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