09/15/2005: More Roiling debates...
We’ve been having *those* debates about whether Bush is to blame for funding cuts to the NOLA levees via the Army Corps of Engineers. Fact Check has done a good run down of this issue:
"Our fact-checking confirms that Bush indeed cut funding for projects specifically designed to strengthen levees. Indeed, local officials had been complaining about that for years.
It is not so clear whether the money Bush cut from levee projects would have made any difference, however, and we're not in a position to judge that. The Army Corps of Engineers – which is under the President's command and has its own reputation to defend – insists that Katrina was just too strong, and that even if the levee project had been completed it was only designed to withstand a category 3 hurricane.
We suspect this subject will get much more attention in Congress and elsewhere in the coming months. Without blaming or absolving Bush, here are the key facts we've been able to establish so far..."
Read further for the detailed analysis and citations.
I sent Fact Check a query to see if they will answer a bit further on the ACE and their responsibilities and duties.
The ongoing debate is to how much say and/or control a State has in the say of the AEC’s projects (and budgeting and responsibility for work done) and whether these influence the AEC’s priorities, OR if the AEC tell the States what must be done per their engineering designs and specification, and the AEC that controls its own budget and responsibilities. Thus to further answer WHO is more responsible for the condition and design (and failure) of the NOLA levees.
I check later and see if they answer that one.
Karen on 09.15.05 @ 05:07 AM CST