Originally posted by Powerdoc
Whenever a disaster arrive :
- the leaders in place, try to explain that they where right
- the opposition tend to say the contrary in case of weakness of the leaders. There was no weakness during 9/11 : no critics came from the opposition. If they did it, they would have lost all credibility.
The real question is :
- is this disaster the result of the failure of a particular leadership, or the failure of a system ?
IMHO, the Bush admin did a bad job (for the locals I don't know, I will wait for furthers investigations), but I am not sure that we can only blame them : I am not sure that the way that the system created to take in charge such situations is good.
It's easy to change leaders, much more difficult to change systems.
The FEMA we have to work with is a direct result of this administration and its general philosophy of governance (and which is shared by the contemporary Republican party).
For years we've been preached to about the merits of "small government" and "personal responsibility". Any number of Bush officials and Republican point men are on record disparaging the entire idea of FEMA as a "government handout" program which needed to be radically downsized.
Until now, nobody bothered much with the inherent contradiction between the right wing line of "let the states deal with it" and the explicit Bush campaign promise to be the one to "protect the homeland".
Remember the horrible specter of letting that pussy John Kerry be in charge of responding to a crisis? That worthless flip-flopper?
Gee, I wonder if John Kerry would have taken something like FEMA seriously enough to put someone with experience in charge, like, oh, say, Bill Clinton did. I wonder if that Herman Munster lookin' humorless drudge might have taken a national disaster seriously enough to get his ass in gear at the first reports of the danger. I wonder if that "Mommy" party big government whore would have taken the whole idea of a federal government seriously enough to treat it like an instrument that can actually get things done, instead of a whipping boy and stalking horse for corporate cronyism?
Here's your small government. I hope ya'll cheer leaders rot in hell.