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Blame the Victim, Reprise 0

Give me a break. From Reuters:

My biggest mistake was not recognizing (in time) that Louisiana was dysfunctional,” former Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown, who was pulled from the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort and resigned after chaos and destruction in New Orleans.


In New Orleans, Nagin said, “I think it’s unfortunate. I think for a FEMA director in Washington trying to deflect attention off his performance is unbelievable.”

But Nagin expressed compassion. “Mr. Brown is under a lot of pressure, I feel sorry for him,” he added.

The facts clearly establish that, even with a less than coherent state and local response, the Federal Administration could have taken many actions to ensure that relief supplies and personnel were available in a timely fashion after Katrina passed.

I’ve already considered the lines of responsibility.

Mr. Bush doesn’t want to play the blame game.

No wonder.

He and his administration would lose.

Maybe a nice horse show will help the residents of the Gulf Coast forget their troubles.

Unfortunately, Mr. Brown is not available to organize it. He has a new job.

(CBS) — CBS News correspondent Gloria Borger reports that Michael Brown, who recently resigned as the head of the FEMA, has been rehired by the agency as a consultant to evaluate its response following Hurricane Katrina.

Dodecahedron suggests Brown should provide his consultancy on a skill he knows: tying a half-windsor. Personally, I think he might do better consulting on a four-in-hand; windsor and half-windsor knots are complicated.


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