Lots of clever questions like
Why did Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and FEMA head Michael Brown appear on television repeatedly patting themselves on the back for the federal government’s effort, when it was so clear to the rest of the world that people were suffering and dying in the streets?
While there certainly appear to be some serious problems at all levels including FEMA, the reason that “people were suffering and dying in the streets” was, well, they’d been hit by a hurricane. Questions are important. Determining the causes of problems is vital to improving for the next time. But to pretend that since people were still suffering meant that the “federal government’s effort” is to blame is pretty silly.
Mr. President, why did you think it was so important to deliver a political speech comparing Iraq to WWII the day after the hurricane?
Was he supposed to be in New Orleans with a finger in the levee? The hurricane was (literally) a disaster, but the world didn’t stop.
Anybody seen Dick Cheney?
I’m not sure what this means. It’s all he had to say about the vice president. I guess he thinks it speaks for itself.
Dear Federal Officials, what kind of message do you think your response to the hurricane must have sent the terrorists, sitting at home watching CNN?
Well, one message might have been “even though the American military is ‘stretched to the limit’ they can still spare thousands of soldiers, hundreds of helicopters and planes, and dozens of ships…including an aircraft carrier.”
Local and state officials, you can’t escape scrutiny: Why didn’t you do a better job preparing for the process of evacuating people, given that this sort of disaster has been predicted for decades, and at least one previous study has shown that as many as a third of the residents of New Orleans would be reluctant to evacuate?
Here, finally, we have a winner. To be honest, I believe this to be THE question. But even those responsible for the issue and the only ones capable of answering the question are busy pointing fingers at the Feds.
Why do some in the media seem more intent on focusing on the looting of a criminal few than on the more pervasive acts of human kindness of a people enduring the monumental stress of hunger, thirst, separation from family members, loss of homes, and fatigue in the blistering 90 degree heat of Louisiana and Mississippi?
Some? And the answer is probably the same as the answer to question about why a tiny percentage of the population in Iraq gets all the coverage while the rest endure “monumental stress” and work to put the country back together after decades of destruction.
There’s plenty more where these came from. It’s hard to tell, but I get the feeling that the writer isn’t terribly impressed with the federal government’s response. But maybe I’m just over-sensitive.
UPDATE: Powerpundit points out this question in the column:
Why was Condoleezza Rice, the administration’s highest ranking black official, grinning and guffawing at the Broadway show “Spamalot” and shopping for expensive shoes at Salvatore Ferragamo on Fifth Avenue days after the hurricane ravaged the Gulf Coast and left tens of thousands of poor black folks hungry, desperate and dying?
And notes Hugh Hewitt’s response: The better question than “Why was Secretary Rice shopping?” is
“Wouldn’t we have been better off if Governor Blanco had been?”
He shoots. He scores.