Thursday, February 23, 2006

White House Katrina response

Lessons Learned:

"Unified Management of the National Response" is important. That's bullet point number one. However,

The Departments of Homeland Security and Defense should jointly plan for the Department of Defense’s support of Federal response activities as well as those extraordinary circumstances when it is appropriate for the Department of Defense to lead the Federal response. In addition, the Department of Defense should ensure the transformation of the National Guard is focused on increased integration with active duty forces for homeland security plans and activities.
So our newly unified plan for a national response calls for DHS to run the show most of the time, but sometimes DoD will take over.

Unified!

In entirely unrelated news, the President explained at today's cabinet meeting:
And so people don't need to worry about security. This deal wouldn't go forward if we were concerned about the security for the United States of America.
Perhaps the Washington Post will once again tell us what the President should have said, rather than what he did.