In One Eye

Sunday, September 11, 2005
The national papers all have extensive reports on the various Katrina snafus, but Knight-Ridder (which has got to be the best American syndicate service these days) also points out how the Katrina ball was dropped to horrid effects.
The Department of Homeland Security, facing its first major catastrophe since it was created, failed to issue a critical disaster declaration until more than a day after the storm. The White House never appointed a coordinator to monitor disaster developments.

Though several government agencies were certain by 6 p.m. Aug. 29 that New Orleans’ levee system had given way, no official screamed for urgent help when daylight hours might still have permitted a rescue effort.
Et cetera, et cetera.

Now, of course, various entities are asking the big question: If Homeland Security (of which FEMA is a part) bungled this natural disaster so badly, how will it perform if the US is attacked again?

The answer isn't encouraging.