Umm… NOLA? The World's Still Watching

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  1. Not quite sure I’d so readily dismiss these claims. There is evidence both for and against this claim, but none of us has access to it. I’ve worked with the Corps here in Washington; they have been both friends and enemies based on various policies. Having some engineering background, an argument can be made to support the accusation it was breached intentionally, as a policy of protecting a greater area by sacrificing a smaller one. The government has done this in the past, so no surprises there (by the way, I’m a government employee). Don’t be so quick to jump to assumptions until all the facts are presented.

  2. emeeul,
    I hear what you’re saying. I really do. I don’t trust the government on most things – but not because they’re (usually) malicious. They’re incompetent and entirely too big. (those may or may not be related…)
    However, I’d be more credulous of the “they blew the levees” theory if a) anything had been protected, and b) if there’d been only one breach (or breached section, even).
    But neither of those are true.
    I do agree that more facts will be forthcoming about those darned levees. The T-P has more about it this morning, in fact.
    Regardless of outcomes, though, threatening contractors and workers is not justified.

  3. It’s not as if stories that the government blew the eastern levees to save the city are a new story. These rumours were rampant after Betsy, and go back ever further. This time, the failures were equal opportunity, hitting the Ninth and St. Bernard and West End/Lakeview and Gentilly equally.
    As for the FEMA workers, frankly I’m surprised its taken this long. If you know someone who’s actually been helped by FEMA, I’d be interested to read about it.
    FEMA’s role is to miminize the federal responsility and deflect blame, unless they’re handing out cash to potential voters. And the people in the Ninth Ward don’t look like prime Jeb for President voters to me.
    They need to save their money in case some real Americans in Florida need it next season, I guess.
    Remembering Katrina, Envisioning New Orleans

  4. Yes, I do actually know people who have been helped by FEMA. I know more, though, who have not.
    It’s a disgrace, it’s disgusting, it’s a betrayal of an entire citizenry by its goverenment…and I absolutely believe that things would look much different if Jeb were the Governor of Louisiana right now, just like I think Florida would have seen what Louisiana is seeing with Blanco at the helm (and that statement is made not to attack Blanco, necessarily).
    But the people working for FEMA are the wrong targets, and it does nothing but exacerbate the situation to attack them.

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