Representative Thomas M. Davis III, Republican of Virginia, chairman of the special House committee investigating the hurricane response, said the only government agency that performed well was the National Weather Service, which correctly predicted the force of the storm. But no one heeded the message, he said.Thanks very much Representative Davis, you're actually reminding us of those fleeting days following Katrina when politicians were actually truth-telling and not spinning. And there's more:
"The president is still at his ranch, the vice president is still fly-fishing in Wyoming, the president's chief of staff is in Maine," Mr. Davis said. "In retrospect, don't you think it would have been better to pull together? They should have had better leadership. It is disengagement."
But Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine and chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, said it was obvious to her in retrospect that Mr. Chertoff, perhaps in deference to Mr. Brown's authority, was not paying close enough attention to the events in New Orleans and that the federal response to the disaster may have been slowed as a result."Disengaged," "disengagement"...Impolitical loves these Republican talking points of the day, let's keep it up shall we?
"Secretary Chertoff was too disengaged from the process," Ms. Collins said in an interview.