09/03/2005: In the midst of the vigorous debate going on in comments....
Belle Waring, over at John & Belle Have A Blog makes the most important point quite succinctly:
Say what you like about casting blame for the unfolding tragedy in NO, the bare facts of the matter are these: America suffered a serious attack on Sept. 11, 2001. That was four years ago. I think we had all assumed that in the meantime a lot of wargaming and disaster-mitigation planning and homeland security gearup had been going on. If this is what the Federal and State governments are going to come up with when the suitcase nuke goes off in D.C., then we are well and truly fucked.
Len on 09.03.05 @ 08:31 PM CST