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Who's Really to Blame for Katrina Chaos?

Sunday, 04 September 2005 12:00 AM

The tragedies of Hurricane Katrina continue, and help, aid and assistance are belatedly trickling into the devastated area.

Former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating recently uttered a very significant and largely overlooked empirical axiom: "Leadership at the local level is EVERYthing." HOOAH!

While filling in for Chris Core on WMAL Friday night and discussing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, one caller said, "It's all Bush's fault!" HUH?!

This brand of brain flatulence myopia falls under category No. 2 above as one of those exploiting the natural disaster to further an agenda, regardless of facts and evidence that contradict the preconceived opinion or prejudice.

The answer to all the above (and more) is "No."

This is a complex and devastating situation that could have been mitigated and wasn't.

Mother Nature had already plotted New Orleans for a fire mission … it wasn't a question of IF but WHEN a major Category 3 or larger hurricane would hammer the artificial bowl of the Big Easy.

An old Army buddy wrote: "This wasn't a sneak hurricane attack. They have been tracking this Lady for weeks and knew she was a Class 5 storm. They knew exactly her landfall and surely New Orleans was a bucket ready to be filled." This former Special Forces/retired DEA agent said, "If this country can't handle a natural disaster, with an abundance of warning, I shudder to think what would transpire if a major terrorist attack occurred."

He isn't the Lone Ranger. What IF we had been (or ARE) hit with a biological or nuclear terrorist attack? If Katrina is any indication of how we will respond, we are S.O.L.

As with 9/11 and previous natural disasters, from hurricanes to earthquakes … from blizzards to tornados, it is (and will always be) the LOCAL first responders who do the heavy lifting.

At best, the feds are a bridging mechanism and supplemental resource provider.

Beyond the miserable, incompetent job performance of local authorities, there was/is another contributing factor to the chaos, and it was manufactured by the government.

Several observers have commented on the disproportionate number of black faces in the growing file footage of post-Katrina New Orleans.

That is largely a function of demographics and the fact that the media have focused on New Orleans and not ventured into the surrounding devastation. Orleans county is 67.3 percent black. Were a camera crew to venture into Hancock, Mississippi, with only 6.8 percent black population, the file footage would look different.

The Orleans county black population is largely poor. Presumably, many have been ‘conditioned' to expect government to ‘help.'

The focus has been on the victims stuck in New Orleans. But how many packed up and left (as the president urged the mayor to order)? How many who couldn't get transportation just walked out?

When did individual self-reliance morph into waiting for the government to solve your problem?

The story of the Wild and Free Pigs of the Okefenokee Swamp is illustrative of a for-real problem. http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/790.html

The allegory of the pigs includes a serious moral lesson. It is a story about federal money being used to bait, trap and enslave a once free and independent people.

Federal welfare, in its myriad forms, has reduced not only individuals but also state and local governments to a state of dependency.

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