The White House cited failures by the Homeland Security Department and
other agencies in planning, communications and leadership in a report on
Hurricane Katrina Thursday and proposed a broad reworking of how the
government would respond to the next catastrophe.
The 228-page report by White House homeland security adviser Frances
Fragos Townsend urges changes in 11 key areas ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â mainly in better disaster
relief coordination among federal agencies ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â before the next hurricane
season begins June 1. The White House study took a softer approach than a
scathing House report issued last week, focusing on proposals to fix
problems without singling out any individuals for blame.
“We will learn from the lessons of the past to better protect the
American people,” President Bush said Thursday at the end of a Cabinet
meeting where the report was released.
“I wasn’t satisfied with the federal response,” Bush said.
What is funny is how the White House had to wait until two other reports had
the same findings and Michael Brown decided to tell all to Congress. I still
wonder how much worse things would of been for the White House if they didn’t
claim executive privilege on so many documents.