Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Forewarned, forearmed?

This morning on the radio, I heard a party hack make the following claim: The NOLA levees were designed to withstand only a Category Three hurricane, but that was an engineering decision made in the 1960s, and therefore the President was not responsible for the late and current suffering.

Is there a logic class we can sign this guy up for? Maybe at Tulane?

Of course the Bush administration was not responsible for decisions made decades ago. But once forecasters predicted that Katrina would strike NOLA as a category four or even five hurricane, government was obliged to prepare for the predictable breach of the levees and the flooding of the city. Only if the breach of the levees was not foreseeable would government be blameless.

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