Bush Katrina failure #34576

Who better than a few former FEMA directors to say, point blank: "if he'd done x, y, and z, people would be alive"? Magpie writes: "The military was ready to help on the Gulf Coast... But Dubya's administration didn't tell them to start moving."

From Knight-Ridder:

"Two days after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, President Bush went on national television to announce a massive federal rescue and relief effort."
"But orders to move didn't reach key active military units for another three days."
"Once they received them, it took just eight hours for 3,600 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., to be on the ground in Louisiana and Mississippi with vital search-and-rescue helicopters. Another 2,500 soon followed from the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas."
And then this from Reagan's FEMA director, Gen. Julius Becton Jr. which, one would think, is an unimpeachable source:
"If the 1st Cav and 82nd Airborne had gotten there on time, I think we would have saved some lives..."
And speaking to the fact that "one of the most frequently given excuses reasons for that response has been that the legal barriers that supposedly make it difficult to use the military for disaster relief inside the US," Clinton's FEMA Director, James Lee Witt bluntly comments:
"When we were there and FEMA was intact, the military was a resource to us," said Witt. "We pulled them in very quickly. I don't know what rule he (Bush) talked about. ... We used military assets a lot."
The fact that none of these former FEMAs are pulling any punches is a bad sign for Bush. (Pacific Views)

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