Friday, September 02, 2005

The Punchline

Four years of hearing that "9/11 changed everything" as a justification for literally everything, we know now these incompetent fuckers couldn't run a lemonade stand let alone defend the country or deal with a disaster.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans -- and the delay helping stranded people get out or even get water and food -- is raising doubts that U.S. cities may be ill-prepared to cope with a potentially worse disaster: a major attack.

Four years after the September 11, 2001, attacks, the storm disaster marked the first time the federal government has invoked its post-September 11 response plan aimed at enhancing Washington's ability to deal with national incidents.

But as Americans reeled at images of death and desperation among the city's refugees, experts on domestic security said a nuclear or biological attack on a big U.S. city could cause greater mayhem, and unlike the storm, come without warning.

The New Orleans disaster is already viewed as an illustration of what can go wrong in an American city under siege.

"In many ways, this is a test of our national capacity," said James Carafano, senior research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation. "If we can't do this 24-7-365, we aren't doing our job for preparedness."

Look for the Republican response in the coming weeks: tax cuts for favorite industries and wealthy people, relaxation of environmental and labor laws, an massive infusion of funding for "faith based relief efforts," etc.... in other words, same shit different day.