After a woefully inadequate federal emergency response last week to Hurricane Katrina that President Bush admitted was “not acceptable,” it was good to see National Guard troops and aid finally begin rolling into New Orleans and Gulf Coast areas to help the thousands of people desperately waiting for food, water and medical help.
As the president said, this is an effort that will be measured in months and years. But the immediate need is urgent and, for those living through it, terrifying.
This tragedy is a reminder that major natural disasters pose as much of a threat to national security as terrorism. Are we prepared for them? Katrina suggests the answer is “no.”
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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