Friday, October 27, 2006


re: Katrina, you write: "Four storms hit at once causing chaos and confusion."Not an acceptable excuse, Ben. Not after 9/11. We expect government to respond to disasters, whether natural or terrorist-made. You would be appalled if Washington had been hit by a smallpox attack and it took the federal government 2 or 3 days to get its act together. And its even more inexcusable to be caught off guard since Katrina was trackable with radar (just turn on the Weather Channel!) -Robert, Washington DC --Posted by Anonymous to Wattenblog at 9/25/2006 08:36:14 AM

Ben's response:


I would be appalled but not surprised. The "fog of war" is quite apparent in moments of stress.

During WWII American planes bombed to USS Indianapolis in the Coral Sea. Nine hundred American sailors were killed.

Imagaine what would happen if it happened during the Iraq War in a 24/7 Info Supehighway world




Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have really warped expectations for what government is reponsible for. We have a duty to bring democracy to Iraq, but not to rescue people dying of thirst in an American city? Unbelievable.

If the federal government abandons Washington DC for 3 days after a smallpox attack, I bet you'd change your tune very fast.

October 27, 2006  

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