posted on Sep, 2 2005 @ 06:55 PM
The situation in New Orleans is not entirely the fault of the President or the Federal Government, except for the fact that they could have possibly
acted a few days sooner.
The real problem is how the issue was handled until the Federal Government showed up. New Orleans didn't know how to react. The Mayor had no idea
what he was doing. He told people to go to the convention center and the Superdome and pretty much left them there. They had no contingency plan in
place to deal with that many people in a crisis.
Sure, the Federal Government could have been there a few days sooner, but the local New Orleans government is as much at fault as, if not more than,
the Federal Government, because they should have done everything in their power to aid the people UNTIL the Federal Government showed up. But, they
didn't. They dumped the people off, did almost nothing to assist them, then started yelling and pointing fingers at the Federal Government because
they didn't get there fast enough.
I would also like to add that the Governor of any state has the right and ability to call in the National Guard from their state and also request
National Guard forces from other states as well. Did the Governor of Louisiana do this? Obviously not. Otherwise, they would have been there the day
after Katrina hit and the levys broke.
What if this had been a terrorist attack? The Mayor and Governor of New York handled the situations of 9/11 very well. What would the Mayor of New
Orleans and the Governer of Louisiana done? Would they have stepped up to the plate like Juliani and Pataki did? Or, would they have waited for the
Federal Government to get there? From what I've seen to date, the latter.