Monday, September 12, 2005

New Orleans - What went wrong

Newsweek's just done a 5 page article about how the Bush administration (mis)-managed the flow of information and failed to respond to the disaster. Some money quotes:

Bush's aides are SO afraid of telling him bad news that they practically drew straws to see who would have to tell him, on TUESDAY, that the hurricane was so bad he'd need to come home.

The reality, say several aides who did not wish to be quoted because it might displease the president, did not really sink in until the Thursday night AFTER it struck.


And another quote:
The denial and the frustration finally collided aboard Air Force One on Friday. As the president's plane sat on the tarmac at New Orleans airport, a confrontation occurred that was described by one participant as "as blunt as you can get without the Secret Service getting involved." Governor Blanco was there, along with various congressmen and senators and Mayor Nagin.

There's a precis of the article, here.

1 comment:

Nat said...

Hiyah, Steve! I just read this article yesterday also, and find myself in desperate need to share it with, well everybody I suppose. Also, I read a nice article in the news.bbc.co.uk the other day about how this disaster has potentially "saved the US media"... that the culture in the US media now has turned away from its traditional culture of pretending that Bush doesn't put his foot in his mouth every 15 minutes or so. Hrmm!