Here is conservative commentator Peggy Noonanâ€™s take on the federal response to Katrina from todayâ€™s Wall Street Journal:
“When an American city descends into lawlessness, and as in this case that lawlessness hampers or prevents the rescue of innocents, you send in the 82nd Airborne. You move your troops. You impose and sustain order. You protect life and property. Then you leave. Thatâ€™s what government is for. Itâ€™s what Republicans are for. The White House didnâ€™t move quickly, and that was the failure from which all failure flowed. The administration was slow to see the size, scope, variations and implications of the disaster because it was not receiving and responding to reliable reports from military staff on the ground. Because they werenâ€™t there. When the administration moved, it moved, and well. But it took too long.”
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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