Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Brown Blames 'Dysfunctional' Louisiana

Former FEMA director Michael Brown aggressively defended his role in responding to Hurricane Katrina on Tuesday and blamed most coordination failures on Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
And he blamed the Department of Homeland Security, the parent agency for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for not acquiring better equipment ahead of the storm.
His efforts to shift blame drew sharp criticism from Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike.
Brown in his opening statement said he had made several ``specific mistakes'' in dealing with the storm, and listed two.

One, he said, was not having more media briefings.

As to the other, he said: ``I very strongly personally regret that I was unable to persuade Gov. Blanco and Mayor Nagin to sit down, get over their differences, and work together. I just couldn't pull that off.''
That Marguerita Brownie is pointing fingers at others for the tragic and in some instances plainly avoidable deaths in NOLA is hardly surprising; refusing to take responsibility for one's actions is a key prerequisite to getting a job in Commander Cokehead's administration.

What I thought was more telling was Brown's assertion that the absence of media briefings on his schedule, not the media's, was his biggest mistake. The administration's penchant for controlling spin is so big and pathological that they can't even distinguish bad press from the real emergency at hand.


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