Andrew Sullivan with a largely unantagonistic and thoughtful analysis of the political fallout now facing George Bush in the wake of what looks like the US’s greatest national disaster for over a century. Incompetence is the central charge that is likely to stick, particular in the light of Bush’s claim early on that no one could have predicted the scale of the disaster. As Sullivan says, “read this prophetic passage and weep”:
“The New Orleans hurricane scenario may be the deadliest of all. In the face of an approaching storm, scientists say, the city’s less-than-adequate evacuation routes would strand 250,000 people or more, and probably kill one of 10 left behind as the city drowned under 20ft of water.
“Thousands of refugees could land in Houston. Economically, the toll would be shattering . . . If an Allison-type storm were to strike New Orleans, or a category three storm or greater with at least 111mph winds, the results would be cataclysmic, New Orleans planners said.”