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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Louisiana Refused Red Cross Permission to Save Superdome Refugees


Thank God there is usually a sheep dog around when you need one. Flopping Aces has corralled the sheep with an excellent round up of analysis of the Katrina relief failure. Course what we really need around here is someone who can herd cats, but that's another story.

The scenes outside the Superdome in New Orleans and the Convention Center were heart-rending. Thinking how much those poor folks suffered for what seemed like an eternity waiting to be evacuated. Sadder still when we consider how it all could have been prevented.

Excerpts from Flopping Aces roundup here:

This from Hugh Hewitt:"The Fox News Channel's Major Garrett was just on my show extending the story he had just reported on Brit Hume's show: The Red Cross is confirming to Garrett that it had prepositioned water, food, blankets and hygiene products for delivery to the Superdome and the Convention Center in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, but were blocked from delivering those supplies by orders of the Louisiana state government, which did not want to attract people to the Superdome and/or Convention Center. "

Political Teen has the video for the Garrett interview on Fox News.

The Red Cross confirms the above here.

Ed Morrissey states the obvious:

"It's also worth noting that the Red Cross gets more access to the detainees at Guantanamo Bay than the people still stuck inside New Orleans."

And Chris Regan has an interesting thought about what Bush did do wrong:

"President Bush failed now in one way. He failed to ascertain that he was dealing with a governor who was a clear and present danger to the people of Louisiana. That's a tough nut to crack in a crisis, so I don't blame him. Taking military control over Louisiana to save Blanco's subjects from her sociopathic leadership style would have been helpful to some individuals for sure, but the problem is that such a move may have done more serious long-term damage than the Democrats have already done to the United States in this crisis. Can you say "military dictator?"

New Orleans Police Radio System Had No Emergency Fuel Supply For Generators

Chaos in the streets, no communications? Too bad New Orleans didn't have an emergency fuel supply for the generator that powered police radios. I suppose that's Bush's fault too!

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