DO SOMETHING FEMA AND HOMELAND SECURITY COULDN'T...
ACTUALLY GET HELP WHERE IT'S NEEDED.
Let's be frank - when the final analysis of the New Orleans cataclysm is rendered, no one will look good. The city of New Orleans won't, Louisiana won't, and the federal government won't. Every one of them has to shoulder the blame.
However, some people who point all these out - Power Line and Captain's Quarter's, for example - usually say that Bush and co. did a wonderful job picking up after the city and state's mistakes. They state that FEMA and Homeland Security were wonderful. Power Line even argues that FEMA head Mike Brown shouldn't be fired.
There's a word for this - blindness.
Read this post, containing quotes from the inept one himself, and wonder how this man doesn't deserve to be fired, if not prosecuted. It shows a man who either lies like a rug because he was unprepared for a New Orleans disaster, or a man who honestly didn't prepare for a New Orleans disaster. Which one do you believe? And why does this man still have a job?
Then there's this page here, from CNN, showing a vast disconnect between what these wonderful agencies SAID was happening vs. what was actually happening.
FEMA and Homeland Security were basically made to handle things the state couldn't in emergency situations. I would say this one qualifies. It's fair to argue that state and local incompetence made it worse, and that's true. However, when the ball was thrown/dropped into FEMA and Homeland Security's hands, they also fumbled. Badly. And they are the ones that were tasked to handle emergencies like this.
Feel confident? Don't all answer at once.