April 29, 2007

Hurricane Katrina Woes Continue to Plague Bush Administration

According to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the United States government squandered the offers of international aid which poured in following Hurricane Katrina. The story appeared in today's Washington Post, and it will be interesting to see if it receives the attention it deserves.
In one exchange, State Department officials anguished over whether to tell Italy that its shipments of medicine, gauze and other medical supplies spoiled in the elements for weeks after Katrina's landfall on Aug. 29, 2005, and were destroyed. "Tell them we blew it," one disgusted official wrote. But she hedged: "The flip side is just to dispose of it and not come clean. I could be persuaded."
How about some accountability? How about explaining why so much money never reached the Mississippi and Louisiana residents in need?