If you had any doubts as to what a joke Homeland Security and FEMA are*, or the truly clueless nature of the grand clusterfuck that is the Bush administration, those doubts have surely been erased by what has happened, and what continues to happen (and not happen) in New Orleans. The incompetence, the insensitivity to the suffering of others, the inability to take any responsibility, just boggles the mind. The government can’t be blamed for the hurricane, of course, but they are accountable for the preparations for such events and for carrying out rescue and relief afterwards. This administration has been all about telling us how they’re preparing to deal with disaster scenarios. Now that they’re presented with one, one that wasn’t exactly out of the blue, you can see what a crock of shit all of that is. Not to mention that if the Army Corps of Engineers had been given anywhere near the amount of funding they’d requested to shore up the levee system two years ago, this might not be the all-out debacle that it has become.
I can’t imagine what’s going through the minds of the members of the Louisiana National Guard currently stuck in Iraq. Disasters like this are precisely why we have a National Guard in the first place. This is what they’re trained for. And they’re stuck, many thousands of miles from home, trying not to get their asses blown off in a trumped up war, seeing what’s happening to their friends, neighbors and loved ones back home.
It fucks with my head something fierce, and I’ve never even been to Louisiana.
*I’m referring to the organizations. There are individuals within both groups who are busting their asses to help those in need. If only their bosses were so diligent.