Nagin on crisis

He’s my new hero. Everyone is pulling a Beavis (“Heh, Heh. He said ‘ass’!”) and ignoring the more substantive parts of this interview:

… we authorized $8 billion to go to Iraq lickety-quick. After 9/11, we gave the president unprecedented powers lickety-quick to take care of New York and other places. Now, you mean to tell me that a place where most of your oil is coming through, a place that is so unique when you mention New Orleans anywhere around the world, everybody’s eyes light up — you mean to tell me that a place where you probably have thousands of people that have died and thousands more that are dying every day, that we can’t figure out a way to authorize the resources that we need? Come on, man.

2 thoughts on “Nagin on crisis”

  1. hero?

    This man is your hero? He left over 200 buses, ran by the city of NO (not FEMA, not the FEDS), that could have been used to save lives, children, women and others. To use the argument of the levee not being funded, there is enough blame to share for everyone in govt and those that choose to live below sea level against the sea.

    Regardless how you feel about him as a person, as a front-line leader,
    the fact remains he could have taken actions not afforded by any other authority that would have saved lives. He will not be remembered kindly by history.

    I give up, you people do nothing but bash and blame others and have no concept of freewill or personal responsibility.

    One more thing, I live in Tornado Alley in Oklahoma. Do you know what us poor white trash do when we hear that a tornado might be coming? WE LEAVE.
    Its not like that friggin hurricane was a surprise, it didn’t just appear like a relative after you win the lottery… okay, some of those left of the 2sigma stay in the path of the tornado, but I can guarantee that number isn’t 100,000+ people.

    I pray for those in peril and I know many innocents have been affected, but the fact of the matter is that many of the choices that lead to this disaster happened in New Orleans, not Crawford.

    1. Re: hero?

      Hello Anonymous

      (Why can’t people stand behind their criticism? If you don’t like what I say, at least have the guts to come out and say who you are.)

      I’m unscreening your comment because you voice a common opinion, and I’d like to respond to it.

      Could the people of New Orleans do more to prevent disasters like this? Absolutely. I said New Orleans citizens should have voted for higher property taxes to pay for improvements. Property taxes are extremely low there — a political bugaboo — but it is the responsibility of the city and state officials to “sell” the costs of those levee improvements.

      Beyond that, though, see this comparison of Hurricane Andrew to Hurricane Katrina. I suspect a similar comparison could be made to the devestation Oklahoma suffered from tornados: the tornados struck relatively rural areas and tornados, by their very nature, do not affect a wide swath of land.

      I’m glad the PWT of Oklahoma have the resources (i.e. a car or truck) to get out of the way of danger: I do not wish death on anyone. However, realize that most people who didn’t leave New Orleans were car-less, elderly, or otherwise incapacitated. The simply didn’t have the means to leave. Many of those people who did stay and had the means to leave were there helping others: hospital workers, etc.

      I’m convinced that most people blame the victims in New Orleans because they simply don’t understand the magnitude of the Hurricane. It was huge.

      Is Mayor Nagin perfect? No way! There’s things he’s failed at here, but so what? In the quote I gave above, he gives voice to what many people are thinking. That’s why he’s my hero.

      If it makes you feel better, I think more highly of Lt. Gen. Honore who is in charge there. He’s making things happen.

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