Was it the lack of a devil's advocate that cost the nation the Katrina tragedy?

How Bush Blew It
After-Action Report: Bureaucratic Timidity. Bad Phone Lines. And A Failure Of Imagination. Why The Government Was So Slow To Respond To Catastrophe.
Newsweek, from Sept. 19, 2005:

It's a standing joke among the president's top aides: who gets to deliver the bad news? Warm and hearty in public, Bush can be cold and snappish in private, and aides sometimes cringe before the displeasure of the President of the United States

When Hurricane Katrina struck, it appears there was no one to tell President Bush the plain truth: that the state and local governments had been overwhelmed, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was not up to the job and that the military, the only institution with the resources to cope, couldn't act without a declaration from the president overriding all other authority.

Tragic situation, even more tragic, it would seem, due to the management approach of GW Bush.


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