Remo's response to the Ted Koppel Entry from yesterday:
That's funny. I didn't realize
Ted-Head was so astute on matters of disaster management. Hindsight is
20-20, unless you have you head up your ass. If FEMA had been able to
predict the levy collapse, the looting, the loss of power, and told
everyone to get out ahead of time, there would still be morons who
refused to leave.
Comment from screaminremo303 - 9/2/05 9:04 AM
Remo -- Did you miss the memo? This
wasn't a question of 20/20 hindsight. Everything that has happened in
New Orleans has been predicted in detail by experts. For years. Even the weather
forecasters in Florida predicted a Louisiana hit the Thursday before.
Thank goodness for the Coast Guard. They are the only heroes in all this.
They had already risked their lives for days saving hundreds of people before FEMA even checked its voicemail.
It's FEMA's job to be on top of this stuff. And have a pre-disaster plan in
place. Like say, knowing who and what to bring in and when. Then it
behooves them to be able to implement a full blown disaster plan
efficiently when the shit happens.
The FEMA guy looked like a deer in
the headlights during the questioning. Hey we told everybody to leave.
What? You mean there are people in New Orleans who didn't have enough
money or a car to drive so they could get out of town? He admitted that
he was surprised by that. WTF?
Call me crazy, but I expect more
from the head of our major disaster agency, even though he's a white
guy sitting in an office in D.C.
Of course there will be morons who
refuse to leave. However, as much as you may wish it, they aren't the
problem. The problem is the tens of thousands of people who
wanted to leave and couldn't. Now they're hungry, thirsty, sick and dying. I'm
sure you think they brought this suffering on themselves.
El Presidente, Fidel Castro
himself, does a better job of moving his people to safety when the
hurricanes come. He sends buses ahead of time so the Cubans don't all
have to cram into the 1958 Sedan de Ville for the ride to higher ground.
Ted Koppel asked all the questions the rest of us, except you, wanted to have answers for.
You just want to make sure that the people who got stuck on the rooftops know they're idiots.
Quit blaming the victims.
I'm sure they're sorry. And they won't do it again.