Can we call this criminal negligence yet?

God help us if we are ever attacked. The government’s ability, and desire, to respond to a crisis is pathetically lacking. Read all of Doug Power’s post. He quotes CNS News:

Billy Nungesser, president of New Orleans’ Plaquemines Parish, sensed that a chart showing 140 oil skimmers at work — a chart given to him by BP and the Coast Guard — was “somewhat inaccurate.” So, Nungesser asked to fly over the spill to verify the number.

The flyover was cancelled three times before those officials admitted that just 31 of the 140 skimmers were actually deployed.

Insert your own outrage here.

A bit more from Doug:

Nungesser, you may recall, was one of the parish presidents who waited three hours to meet with Joe Biden and ended up seeing him for 30 seconds. Prior to that, Nungesser said that President Obama “chewed him out” during one visit to the Gulf.


Cross-posted at P&P.