The Resposibility of the Army Corps of Engineers

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    A catastrophe this huge is the result of blameworthy behavior
    by many people, with doing nothing being a form of such behavior.

    The first sentence my Political Science 101 Professor said
    in September, 1968- 37 years ago almost to the day, was that
    the Army Corps Of Engineers was, and I quote:

    "The lobby that can't be beat".

    Guess who built the God Damn levees that failed.

    The levees might well have held up under a Category Three Hurricane,
    which is what they were built to withstand.

    I would like to know how hard the Corps, this unbeatable lobby,
    pushed for upgrades during the last 20 years or so.

    They were in the midst of a "feasibility study" a la Dilbert
    when Katrina hit.

    To be completely fair, I may as well cite a link that puts
    the Army Corps of Engineers in a decent light, even if it
    is from Mother Jones:

    http://www.motherjones.com/commenta...ew_orleans.html

    (from the link):

    Now, New Orleans has over 20 miles of levees,
    and the link does not say if the sections breached
    were a priority for upgrade.

    We will be having several months of Congressional
    and other committee hearings, so perhaps the status
    of pre-hurricane plans for the levees will be clearly
    spelled out.

    One thing, the over 20 miles of lakefront levees all held up,
    and all the breaches occurred in canal levees perpendicular to the lakefront,
    as far as I have been able to see from news reports.

    This tells me that the hydodynamics of the situation
    was not correctly thought out- it seems the canal
    levees were far more vulnerable than the lakefront levees,
    and who besides the Army Corps of Engineers
    could be
    resposible for this critical scientific lapse?
     
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    The relevant part of my post concerns specifically,
    the canal levees, which are not areas
    where hardwood forests and Louisiana
    black bears are any part of the issue.

    Having said that, I would agree the safety
    of human beings takes priority over trees
    and bears, and I hope the Sierra and others
    of thier ilk are bulldozed out of the way if
    they dare make a peep concerning levee upgrades.
     

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