Originally Posted by futant
Youre right not enough was done to prepare. That is hindsight though. I think reasonible actions should have worked until all hell broke loose. Not to mention the outrageous number of ppl that stayed there like idiots, or stubborn assholes. Then calculate that no one thought the levee would break.......
IMO you are monday morning QB'in this to death. Mistakes were made, sure.....
It's still a fucking disaster! You can't just plan for the worst in hundreds of years, and expect a army of miracle workers to show up with generators, microwaves, TV dinners , and couches.
I think the deal is FEMA reacted fast enough, maybe with not enough though due to all that stayed. Then SHTF, and they couldn't coordinate and secure anything since everyone on the ground was acting like animals. Extending the suffering to where we are now.
Now everyone is blaming them, as though ANY agency in the WORLD could have predicted or preparded for such a disaster of this magnitude.
Its hard to blame ppl that largely are just victims, but their actions (staying, and creating anarchy) are largely the wild cards that no one planned on.
If they had sent the 30K guardsmen early, the levee didn't break, and planet of the apes didn't break out, the black community would probably just accuse them of showing excessive force during a disaster forceing ppl to leave. You just can't help ppl enough that aren't willing to help themselves.
I don't think anyone knew some 200,000 would stay behind in some way shape or form
Ill be praying for the vast majority that just need help.
I'll just touch on your first point and call BS. How is it that the if federal money to fix levees was requested this type of disaster is something we didn't expect. My Geology Professor stated this could easily happen in New Orleans when I was in college back around 1999. Read below and try not to blame those who didn't have the resources to leave or anywhere to go. Yes it is a disaster what the problem is, 5 days has passed and Washington DC has not reacted appropriatley.
"In early 2004, as the cost of the conflict in Iraq soared, President Bush proposed spending less than 20 percent of what the Corps said was needed for Lake Pontchartrain, according to a Feb. 16, 2004, article, in New Orleans CityBusiness.
On June 8, 2004, Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; told the Times-Picayune: "It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us."
Also that June, with the 2004 hurricane season starting, the Corps' project manager Al Naomi went before a local agency, the East Jefferson Levee Authority, and essentially begged for $2 million for urgent work that Washington was now unable to pay for. From the June 18, 2004 Times-Picayune:"