Two years ago today the government (local, state, and federal) failed New Orleans. And all levels, particularly federal, have been failing Nawlins since then. No, that’s not entirely true. The government had been failing New Orleans for decades. Two years ago is when that failure came home to roost.
Yesterday on the ABC Nightly News, I saw how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is “repairing” the levee system, with construction that even the Corps acknowledges would not withstand a hurricane half the size of Katrina.
The corps is working with a $15 billion budget to come up with a flood protection plan that would shield the city from a 100-year storm by the fall of 2011. That’s far less than half the strength of Katrina.
I have come to the conclusion that recovery of New Orleans is not anything this nation has the will to do correctly. But we can spend $450 billion and counting to
wage war against a nebulous “terrorist threat” be in the middle of a civil war in Iraq.