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On Levees

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You know what dismays me? I’ll bet the Dutch – yes, those damn lefty soft Dutch – are watching this in utter disbelief and amusement, that we could have left the security of this city to just a prayer. It appears that the authorities had no plan at all to contain a breached levee. This is stunning. The only thing protecting this great American city from destruction was a SINGLE levee and SINGLE top wall, no redundancy, either secondary or tertiary, no emergency response unit or strategy. The mind reels. One should have little confidence that government can do anything right.

Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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