Thursday, March 09, 2006

Outrage du Jour

Just when you think it's as bad as it can get, the organizational disaster that is the response to Hurricane Katrina proves it's not done yet.

A few days ago CNN reported that the search for bodies in destroyed homes would finally resume. More than six months have passed since the hurricane, just the fact that this has not been completed defies credulity - this is the United States, not some third world impoverished nation.

However... yesterday, again from CNN, word came out that one of only three canine search teams would leave almost as soon as they arrived - because there were no hotel accomodations nor veterinary service arranged.
It's not a question of pampering pets - these animals do jobs humans physically cannot do and probably wouldn't want to if they could. There are hazards, too - one dog had to have glass surgically removed last time they were there.
And it wasn't that they didn't think providing a hotel room was appropriate - it was that something went wrong in the red tape process between the state of Louisiana and the infamous FEMA.

I don't know what else to say about this. If the United States cannot handle a natural disaster, how can it handle whatever else life throws at it? And why has it come to this?