NPR BREAKS DOWN WHAT WENT WRONG BEFORE AND AFTER KATRINA
maybe they should have text-messaged instead?
Who's fault is it? Apparently, bad phones had a lot to do with (well, that and a really, really, really bad bureaucratic chain of events).
What it confirms is something that needs to be repeated over and over until people get it:
A) It wasn't the local response.
B) It wasn't the state response.
C) It wasn't the federal response.
The answer is D) ALL OF THE ABOVE.
That's what makes the finger pointing that everyone's engaged in such utter bullshit: every level of government bureaucracy fucked up royally on this. People need to stop defending Nagin or Blanco or Bush and trying to pin the Katrina Disaster on the other two. They all failed. Utterly.
And more than that, let's just take a deep breath and also remember that NOLA's destruction was decades in the making, a combination of remarkably bad public policy and what you might as well call "deliberate neglect." But, if you want to pin the blow-by-blow series of mini-disasters that added up to Katrina, you can lay much of that at the doorstep of every public official involved in preparing for the hurricane and the relief effort afterwards.