Второй «заливный» провал Буша

Президент Буш попросил американцев «не играть в политические игры» в момент страшного национального бедствия. Но нелегкие вопросы в адрес лидеров государства являются именно тем, что требует демократия, когда реагирование на последствия урагана «Катрина» считается «национальным позором» Америки.

О приближении Катрины существовало, по крайней мере, двухдневное предупреждение, однако власти медлили с приказом об эвакуации. Не был предоставлен транспорт людям, не имевшим собственные автомобили или деньги, не было подготовлено достаточно помещений для обеспечения беженцев кровом, на местах не было достаточно сил, чтобы доставить людям предметы первой необходимости или обеспечить порядок, и не было достаточного количества лодок, вертолетов и других машин, необходимых для спасения тех, кто оказался в зоне бедствия.

Доставка военного персонала в наиболее пострадавшие районы шла чрезвычайно медленными темпами, что частично объясняется тем фактом, что 40% солдат национальной гвардии находится в Ираке. В течение четырех дней не существовало единого центра командования и контроля. В результате пострадало и погибло большое количество людей.

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