The 19 pages of internal FEMA e-mails show Bahamonde gave regular updates to people in contact with Brown as early as Aug. 28, the day before Katrina made landfall. They appear to contradict Brown, who has said he was not fully aware of the conditions until days after the storm hit. Brown quit after being recalled from New Orleans amid criticism of his work.I'd say he quit before well before that.
I heard on NPR in the days following Katrina about the extent to which FEMA rank and file were concerned about the agency leadership's lack of experience, that most of them received their positions based on political relationships with Bush, etc. One hopes, then, that Democrats stand up to the Miers nomination where yet another Bush friend is a candidate for a fantastically powerful position with little to know demonstrated ability in the area - a shortcoming nearly applauded by Bush.
What message are we sending the world and our children about the nature of merit and leadership? One official after another is shown to be little more than a presidential buddy as each freezes in the headlights of dire events. The Supreme Court surely faces less pressure to deal with immediate physical peril, but their long term challenges - though esoteric - are no less serious.
Please, America, get it now. And Democratic Congressmen, act.