Scathing Katrina Report

A House select committee examining the federal response to Hurricane Katrina is preparing to issue a report Wednesday that blames the federal government for “an abdication of the most solemn obligation to provide for the common welfare” — but the legislators who participated in the study are divided about how to address the lapse.

Assailing Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff as being detached from events — when New Orleans residents were clinging to rooftops, he traveled to Atlanta for a conference on bird flu — a draft of the report says he switched on federal response systems “late, ineffectively or not at all.”

The committee was composed of 11 Republicans.

Of course, I humbly submit that the genius who appointed Chertoff to head Homeland Security in the first place is the fellow who needs examination.

The word ‘incompetence’ comes to mind whenever I hear the word ‘administration’. It’s just one thing after another.

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