Today, New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin vented and cursed the glacial response of federal officials to the mounting crisis in New Orleans. A good friend of mine sent me an email, part of which is reproduced below:
"The constant pictures on tv are making my blood boil. How is it that we can stage 100,000 troops across the globe ready to pounce on a moment’s notice to take over an entire country, yet we couldn’tfigure out how to put the resources in place to respond to an obvious disaster in the waiting in our own backyard?
Congress had no trouble cancelling vacations to come back to pass special unconstitutional) legislation to "save" the "life" of a brain-dead woman (Teri Schiavo), but only a few Congressmen could be bothered to appear in Congress to vote for the appropriations bill to start funneling some money to the Gulf states? (It was done by voice vote.) Every last one of the those stinking politicians should be rattling the cages of their sleeping public servants and figuring out what they can do to help immediately. I am no fan of Texas (and my wife is from Houston), but I honestly have been impressed with the Texas response. But where’s everyone else? Lots of individual institutions are kicking in to help, but there surely are more resources that can be brought to bear. I keep seeing fires breaking out on tv, and I can’t figure out why there aren’t airplanes and helicopters coming in to address these issues. (I’ve surely seen forest fires fought from the air.) I think the link to the Air Crane site (Marty Schwimmer’s blog) is case in point.
This isn’t rocket science."
I don’t know what to say. I guess I’m too stunned. Maybe I’ll get angry soon, but right now I’m just trying to reorient my frame of mind. I keep looking around for the ‘reboot’ button.