NO and Blame

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    Personally I do not think it's the feds fault.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/06/opinion/06tierney.html

     
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    Not their fault, they didn't cause it, but it's still their responsibility to predict and respond to major crises like this.

    It was not Guiliani's fault that 9/11 happened but luckily he didn't sit on his hands when it came time to respond.
     
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    Right, first he responded, then the governor, then the federal, along with all Americans.
     
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    But if the scenario was different, if Giuliani and Pataki were total ^%$%$& losers like these clowns hopefully the Feds would have jumped in faster and harder, right?
     
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    There is only so fast that the numbers can be mobilized. They could not be in harm's way when it hit, or would have also been victims-for NO, not NY. As for 9/11, there is a reason the locals are called, 'first responders'. They have to be, they are there. The military picks up and adds to the effort-when they can get in place-48-72 hours.
     
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    Not necessarily.

    FEMA is chooched (in my opinion) but the Feds can only do a limited amount of things without the express request of local (read state and metropolitan) government. Also, it is not an easy thing to mobilize the numbers of military that are now present. Thus, the delay in the request for federal aid combined with the logistics of mobilizing active military and National Guard from other states gives the appearance of inaction by the Federal government. The fact that a state of emergency was declared before the hurricane actually even hit is an indication (in my mind) that the Feds were already anticipating the disaster to come.

    The LA state government (specifically the governor) delayed the decision to request Federal aid by a minimum of 24 hours AFTER the hurricane hit...for whatever reason. LA has available 11,000 National Guard at the time the hurricane makes landfall, yet NONE were prepositioned or even put on alert; and they are commanded by the governor (NOT the Feds).
     

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