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  •  Yes (none)
    If the National Guard had been adequate to the task -- if they hadn't been in Iraq...

    BTW, I don't know what all happened there. Maybe it was just racist crackers being sadistic. But I can easily imagine a town of 17,000 (much of which had no doubt evacuated) having no facilities to handle anywhere between 20,000 and 45,000 desperate people, and being afraid the town would be trashed by riots. The key question for me is whether these sheriffs kept yelling for FEMA and the Guard or whether they were content to wait for the people on the bridge at the Convention Center to die in front of them. I have no idea.

    •  Communication (none)
      Communication was probably the second biggest problem in this disaster.  The first was inadequate and delayed response from feds.  The second was that outside of the media, no one was doing a good job of giving anyone actionable and accurate information.

      The internet was doing a good job of getting information out to people who weren't affected.  But the people who were affected - at the Convention Center, the Superbowl, Gretna, Nagin, and who all ever, were in the dark.  Stranded residents thought help was coming, people were told to wait for buses, to walk out on their own, to go to places that had worse conditions than the places they left.  Gretna I do have sympathy for - but did they try to contact anyone local, state or federal to try to push for more help, supplies or even troops for crowd control?

      •  That's what I would really like to know (none)
        If their idea of emergency crowd control was to keep people massed at the bridge while Gretna authorities kept frantically calling for buses, National Guard, Red Cross, food and water, etc., that's one thing. It could still be shown that there were better ways to handle the situation and they blew it. But if the Gretna authorities were doing nothing except holding people at the bridge, content to let them die -- and even verbally abusing people who asked to pass --, they should lock them up and throw away the key. Preferably in a prison where the prisoners are only fed about once a week.

        I'd like to know more about which of these scenarios it was, or whether it was somewhere in the middle.

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