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Re: Michael Brown and the Katrina Mess

By on 3.3.06 | 1:49PM

Lady G is right in saying D'OHS should be dismantled. But neither FEMA nor D'OHS can be fixed by bureaucratic reorganizations. The problem reaches down to their roots, and there it has to be solved.

Chertoff, Brown and the rest -- with very few exceptions -- don't have any experience or training in the myriad issues they have to deal with. We need to assure that real experts -- and there's a host of grumpy old colonels and generals who have the experience, the training and the ability to command in crises -- run these agencies. As I've written before, amateur hour should be over. We need to remove the top two or three layers at D'OHS and most of its component agencies and replace the people with others who can find their heads if permitted to use both hands.

No matter which cabinet department or independent agency controls, nothing will get better until people who know what they're about are put in charge.

DHS and WH communications

By on 3.3.06 | 1:36PM

By the way, Lady Godiva is right on target with her comments, below, about the White House Communications shop (despite having SOME excellent people) and about the Department of Homeland Security. The new department was always a bad idea; rather than helping ward off disaster or deal with disaster, the department itself IS a disaster.

The Big Story

By on 3.3.06 | 1:06PM

I ran into John Gibson at the Radio and Records conference this morning. Which must have triggered a thought. I'll be on with John about 5:30 pm on Fox. Hope you can catch it.

NFL

By on 3.3.06 | 10:39AM

Now it's time to talk about something REALLY important: The nation's ONLY well-run professional team sports league is on the verge of imploding due to the greed of a new breed of owners symobolized by the Redskins' Daniel Snyder, and of course due to the continuing greed of players who aren't satisfied with getting paid millions and want to be paid gazillions instead. What people need to understand is that sports leagues are NOT intended to be pure free enterprise; they are artificial constructs that in order to provide for fair competitition are SUPPOSED to assure to the greatest extent possible that every team starts with no competitive advantage or disadvantage in comparison with all the other teams. That's what the NFL has understood so well for so long, and what Major League Baseball fails to understand. Now the NFL's nouveau riche owners are out to destroy that competitive balance (at the START of things, mind you, not at the end: the whole point is to give the more skilled teams the just rewards of their ON-field excellence) in order to turn their own gazillions into mega-multi-gazillions.

Disturbing Atmospherics

By on 3.3.06 | 10:32AM

That's the sage analysis by the Washington Post of growing momentum among the states to make their own laws regulating abortion. South Dakota's legislature passes a near-total ban, and Mississippi's is considering it. It's downright shocking to the Post that some states would outlaw abortion if Roe were overturned.

What's so disturbing about these atmospherics? The Post doesn't say -- rather, it assumes that the so-called right to abortion is a foregone conclusion. Again, abortion rights proponents are revealed as not pro-choice, but pro-abortion.

Re: Michael Brown and the Katrina Mess

By on 3.3.06 | 10:02AM

Dave: The Human Events story includes two very important items. The first reflects the ongoing discussions here on AmSpecBlog of the Bush White House's communications shop:

More on Santorum

By on 3.3.06 | 8:31AM

The middle road won't rally the conservatives he needs, writes Jason High.

Dubai Deal

By on 3.3.06 | 8:10AM

More on President Clinton's role in consulting on the Dubai Ports deal. First, reporters should be looking into whatever "consulting" arrangements both the Cohen Group and the Albright Group (note that both name partners served in the Clinton Cabinet) might have or had with the former President.

Natural questions to ask both former Clintonistas: Have you ever passed through fees paid to you by UAE clients to the fomer President in, say, the past eight months? Is the work you are or had been pursuing on behalf of UAE clients a result of previous UAE dealings with the former President? When was the last time you or an associate or outside contracted consultant met with the staff of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to discuss UAE business interests?

JPII and the Sovs

By on 3.3.06 | 5:55AM

Wlady,

Most persuasive: It was SOP for the KGB in its later days to contract out its dirty (and wet) work to the Bulgarians.

Michael Brown and the Katrina Mess

By on 3.2.06 | 10:03PM

Human Events has former FEMA Director Michael Brown's impressions of the newly released tapes of President Bush on the pre-Katrina conference call. He claims that the tapes further show how he's been hung out to dry by the administration

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