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Posted: 12 Sep 05, 09:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Jack Kelly: No shame

The federal response to Katrina was not as portrayed

Sunday, September 11, 2005

It is settled wisdom among journalists that the federal response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina was unconscionably slow.

"Mr. Bush's performance last week will rank as one of the worst ever during a dire national emergency," wrote New York Times columnist Bob Herbert in a somewhat more strident expression of the conventional wisdom.

But the conventional wisdom is the opposite of the truth.

Jason van Steenwyk is a Florida Army National Guardsman who has been mobilized six times for hurricane relief. He notes that:

"The federal government pretty much met its standard time lines, but the volume of support provided during the 72-96 hour was unprecedented. The federal response here was faster than Hugo, faster than Andrew, faster than Iniki, faster than Francine and Jeanne."

For instance, it took five days for National Guard troops to arrive in strength on the scene in Homestead, Fla. after Hurricane Andrew hit in 2002. But after Katrina, there was a significant National Guard presence in the afflicted region in three.

Journalists who are long on opinions and short on knowledge have no idea what is involved in moving hundreds of tons of relief supplies into an area the size of England in which power lines are down, telecommunications are out, no gasoline is available, bridges are damaged, roads and airports are covered with debris, and apparently have little interest in finding out.

So they libel as a "national disgrace" the most monumental and successful disaster relief operation in world history.

I write this column a week and a day after the main levee protecting New Orleans breached. In the course of that week:

More than 32,000 people have been rescued, many plucked from rooftops by Coast Guard helicopters.

The Army Corps of Engineers has all but repaired the breaches and begun pumping water out of New Orleans.

Shelter, food and medical care have been provided to more than 180,000 refugees.

Journalists complain that it took a whole week to do this. A former Air Force logistics officer had some words of advice for us in the Fourth Estate on his blog, Moltenthought:

"We do not yet have teleporter or replicator technology like you saw on 'Star Trek' in college between hookah hits and waiting to pick up your worthless communications degree while the grown-ups actually engaged in the recovery effort were studying engineering.

"The United States military can wipe out the Taliban and the Iraqi Republican Guard far more swiftly than they can bring 3 million Swanson dinners to an underwater city through an area the size of Great Britain which has no power, no working ports or airports, and a devastated and impassable road network.

"You cannot speed recovery and relief efforts up by prepositioning assets (in the affected areas) since the assets are endangered by the very storm which destroyed the region.

"No amount of yelling, crying and mustering of moral indignation will change any of the facts above."

"You cannot just snap your fingers and make the military appear somewhere," van Steenwyk said.

Guardsmen need to receive mobilization orders; report to their armories; draw equipment; receive orders and convoy to the disaster area. Guardsmen driving down from Pennsylvania or Navy ships sailing from Norfolk can't be on the scene immediately.

Relief efforts must be planned. Other than prepositioning supplies near the area likely to be afflicted (which was done quite efficiently), this cannot be done until the hurricane has struck and a damage assessment can be made. There must be a route reconnaissance to determine if roads are open, and bridges along the way can bear the weight of heavily laden trucks.

And federal troops and Guardsmen from other states cannot be sent to a disaster area u


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Posted: 12 Sep 05, 09:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This is a very good article, very realistic of what has been going on. This disaster has nothing to do with politics. At a time like this no one should have been pointing fingers and placing blame. The focus of the citizens of the disaster and the rest of the country should have been on how do we help now, what can we all do to help, instead of bitching about anything else.

Thanks for posting.


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Posted: 13 Sep 05, 00:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"We do not yet have teleporter or replicator technology like you saw on 'Star Trek' in college between hookah hits and waiting to pick up your worthless communications degree while the grown-ups actually engaged in the recovery effort were studying engineering."

LOL ... classic




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Posted: 13 Sep 05, 00:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well it is also reported on Yahoo that the head of FEMA resigned


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Posted: 13 Sep 05, 17:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/13/katrina.response/index.html


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Posted: 14 Sep 05, 22:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 14 Sep 05, 22:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wow, look at that big political post at the top of the page. Can you say "Mahler"???


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Posted: 15 Sep 05, 06:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Nah I dont think you can compare old haystacks to Mahler ... that would be discrimination ..


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Posted: 15 Sep 05, 17:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Finally, a little truth around here.. :D