Skip to comments.MEMO TO BUSH: FIRE MICHAEL BROWN
Posted on 09/04/2005 8:38:30 AM PDT by wildwood
MEMO TO BUSH: FIRE MICHAEL BROWN
By Michelle Malkin · September 04, 2005 08:17 AM During his visit to Mobile, Ala., on Friday, President Bush singled out Michael D. Brown, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for praise:
"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."
Really? "Brownie's" job is to direct the federal response to natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. Let's review his public statements during the past week:
- He admitted that he didn't act more aggressively because as late as last Sunday he expected Katrina to be a "standard hurricane" even though the National Weather Service in New Orleans was already predicting "human suffering incredible by modern standards."
- He proved himself utterly clueless about the disaster unfolding in New Orleans. He claimed that the federal relief effort was "going relatively well" and that the security situation in New Orleans was "pretty darn good."
- He blamed the flood victims in New Orleans for failing to evacuate on time, even though local authorities failed to make municipal vehicles available to residents who could not drive or did not own their own cars.
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FEMA got hit with a double whammy, a catrostrophic hurricane and an inept and almost criminally incompetant state and local govt.
Time for michelle to put down her poison pen and poitn fingers at the true incompetants, nagin and blanco.
Ah, good conservatives, fighting back again!!
I love it when they get tough.
Dubya should can Norm Mineta while he's at it.
I don't think Brown has done a bad job - he's been doing what FEMA does, which is NOT police services or anything like that, but the distribution of things like sandbags and grant request forms.
However, he's not good at dealing with the press. Unfortunately, neither is Scott McClellan.
AND CHERTOFF who has made more contratictory statements in the last week than -- and I HATE to say this -- Bill Clinton did about Monica in his the entire impeachment thing.
Too bad he can't fire Blanco and Nakin as well.
They have a lot of blood on their hands.
poison pen? yeah, i guess telling the truth is called that nowadays.
Yeah right. Malkin is nothing but a shrill for the anti-Bush crowd.
Well, at least this time the legacy media can't claim that Michelle is a "Bush brown-noser"...
I agree. Brown should go.
I'm as fed up with the "blame Bush for Katrina" nonsense that is being bandied about, but it is folly to think that the entire chain of command at the federal level is flawless.
I have been none too happy with Michael Chertoff, either. He may be doing good work, but he has also been busy making statements that sound idiotic in light of the facts.
Bush is well known for loyalty to those who work for him. This should not prevent him from letting go of people who let the country down.
The city leaders had at least two full days to use these hundreds of buses to evac the poor, exactly as their own emergency management plan called for.
Here's the southeast Louisiana evac plan supplement, most recently revised in 2000. Go to page 13, read paragraph 5. It states:
5. The primary means of hurricane evacuation will be personal vehicles. School and municipal buses, government-owned vehicles and vehicles provided by volunteer agencies may be used to provide transportation for individuals who lack transportation and require assistance in evacuating.
New Orleans is not your run of the mill city. Just take a look at Rudy Guilaini's response and nagin's.
New Orleans has always been a cesspool of incompetance and corruption.
You have no idea what you are talking about.
"Huh nothing about the inept mayor nagin and governor blanco."
She's been slamming the mayor and Blanco all week. She makes a valid point about Brown. I wasn't impressed with his tv persona.
FRom what I understand--(will dig up article if I have time)...Brown Called the mayor on Friday/Saturday night (don't quote me on the time) and so did Max Mayfield from NHC and told the mayor: "get the people out of New Orleans".
Yeah, it's always a circular fire sqaud on the Right. Rather than fix the blame where it should be --at the state and local level-- they are going to blame MIke Brown. So disgraceful. This is plainly Michelle's jump the shark moment.
Yep like buchanan she has to keep chummy with her liberal friends in the beltway.
If she doesn't no more appearnces on MSNBC to bash the President.
This was Chertoff's first test as DHS Secretary, and he failed. Miserably.
What if this had been a terrorist attack? His agency obviously was not ready to take charge in a catastrophic situation in order to protect people.
This does not take blame away from Ray "leave the buses in the yard" Nagin and Kathleen "deer in headlights" Blanco.
There is enough blame to go around.
But Bush really needs to get rid of both Brown and Chertoff.
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I read elsewhere that Max Mayfield called, but I hadn't heard that Brown had also called. Please post if/when you have time to find it!
I agree 100% that the local authorities are not blameless in this, and are currently being given a pass by the MSM.
Doesn't change the fact that there are those in the federal positiions who have screwed the pooch, too. Part of the job means not making moronic statements about the situation, at the very least. Chertoff and Brown have both had feet firmly planted in mouth, lately.
Malkin has gone off the deep end here. FEMA can't mount a relief effort in the face of an insurgency amongst some of the local populace, with the local and state government washing their hands of the situation within the first moments after it occurred.
she is uninformed on this issue.
Yes. As a past resident of New Orleans, I can safely say the best and most damning story would be to follow the money that was intended for the planning (why not hurricane shelters? not even a bank of porta-potties for the superdome or convention center for when the electricity failed? why no buses for those they KNEW could not drive out of town?) and the upkeep of the levee and pump system? Congressman Billy Bob did a nice article on the graft surrounding the pumps (alone).
The one thing that needs to be investigated won't be investigated--and that's the influence of the generations of welfare families never taught to fend for themselves--unless it's to rob, mug, or use dope. THAT I lay squarely at the foot the 'Rats.
Firing the FEMA director would be an empty political maneuver. It accomplishes nothing, fixes nothing, and accelerates nothing.
I just posted an article about Brown getting fired from his last job. It helps make sense of his incompetence in sending help sooner. It follows this post by a few. I'll ping you on it.
Maybe - but on this she's got almost as big a political tin ear as Hillary Clinton does. Firing Brown right now would throw all of the feds' relief efforts into complete chaos - their plate is already filled to overflowing as it is, but they are starting to get on top of things. Canning the FEMA head would not only set those efforts way back, it would cause the media feeding frenzy to completely explode out of control.
After things have stabilized and people on the Gulf Coast are getting steady flows of aid and assistance and the real rebuilding has started, there will be plenty of time for President Bush to conduct a review of FEMA's and other agencies' performances and maybe "suggest" that a few resignations are in order.
FEMA looks great in NYC after 9-11 and great in Florida after 5 Hurricanes.
State and Local Government helped that image in both cases.
It does seem that Brown is an incompetent pinhead. These kinds of excuses are egregious examples of bureaucratic CYA.
On the other hand, I'm certain that it's fair to blame Bush for installing a "political hack" as the LA Times does in one link. If the implication is that he's "unqualified" (as opposed to incompetent) then you might want to read his background carefully and ignore the sneeering tone the paper and the blogger quoting it have adopted.
That being said, I don't have any confidence in the guy, and agree that he must go. If you are completely unaware of facts-on-the-ground that are clear to any common citizen with FOX NEWS on, then you can't be counted on to run the show should Al-Qaeda lights off a dirty bomb in downtown Anywhere, USA.
baloney. you are just feeding into the childish behavior of many americans, that a disaster on Tuesday needed to be "wrapped up" by Thursday, else its proclaimed a quagmire - a term the left loves to use.
Almost?? I'd say that the term "clearly criminally incompetent" would be more accurate.
McClellan does a good job of not losing his temper, period. Anything else seems beyond him. (But then, maybe I think just because he never really makes a good point against the Bush accusers.)
Why weren't people complaining about Micheal Brown after Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Frances, Hurricane Ivan, Hurricane Jeanne, and Hurricane Dennis?
FEMA looked brilliant then.
Why is that?
BECAUSE JEB BUSH AND LOCAL MAYORS GOT PEOPLE OUT AND SET UP LOGISTICS FOR THE AFTERMATH FIVE DAYS IN ADVANCE EVERY SINGLE TIME!!!
I Agree. Heads should roll.
PD, want to comment on this thread, please?
Make "I'm certain" "I'm not certain" and my comment makes a little more sense.
i don't agree with you. this guys seems to me to lack the ability required to make efforts like this work. time and leadership are important in evacuation, but also essential long term in the rebuilding efforts. look at norm mineta...shoulda been fired long ago.
And reason enough to look for new management of the nations polictical systems that allow/reward our criminal subculture.
The only legitimate hurricane plan for a city that lies below sea level and is surrounded by water is: everyone get the hell out!
Everything else is t**s on a boar. So the question is, who should be ultimately responsible for getting the people out (at least those unable to move themselves)?
Unfortunately she is wrong. She is not competant to make the request she made.
She would have done better to keep silent.
You're absolutely right, and we have to make sure the truth on that gets out. The media sure as hell won't do it for us. But right now, the thing that FEMA needs do is keep soldiering on getting the relief out to the folks who need it. They sure as hell don't need to get dragged into the political war that will surely erupt if Bush fires Michael Brown.
Brown showed up on television claiming that FEMA was taking care of the people in the Convention Center while thousands of people were shoved in like so much cordwood.
Brown claimed in subsequent interviews that they didn't "bring the right equipment" because the locals didn't tell them what to bring -- and while this points back at Nagin and Blanco, this does not exonerate Brown. His agency should know the basic equipment to bring.
Chertoff's agency is supposed to coordinate what's what in a disaster; his agency should have been in touch with locals in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama even before landfall in order to begin to marshal resources. DHS didn't.
Had this been a terrorist-driven disaster, DHS still wouldn't have been able to handle themselves.
As I said, there is plenty of blame to go around.
The locals didn't even look at their own disaster manuals and resources.
Blanco looks like she's been sitting on the couch eating cookie dough ice cream with her deer-in-headlights face. Give her a remote control and that picture would be complete.