It would be very wrong, I believe, to let
the ignominious Michael Brown be the scapegoat for FEMA’s sins. Check out
WaPo. Turns out that a raft of FEMA’s top leaders have little or
no emergency management experience, but are instead politically well
connected to the GOP and the White House. This is a scandal, a real scandal.
How is it possible that four years after 9/11, the president treats a
federal agency vital to homeland security as a patronage prize? The main
reason I’ve been a Bush supporter all along is I trusted him (note past
tense) on national security — which, in the age of mass terrorism, means
homeland security too. Call me naive, but it’s a real blow to learn that
political hacks have been running FEMA, of all agencies of the federal
government! What if al-Qaeda had blown the New Orleans levees? How much
worse would the crony-led FEMA’s response have been? Would
conservatives stand for any of this for one second if a Democrat were
president? If this is what Republican government means, God help the poor
GOP Congressmen up for re-election in 2006.