The Case Against Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco

Yesterday we reported that one source is reporting that Governor Kathleen Blanco kept the Louisiana National Guard from assisting the New Orleans police department, leaving their force of 1,500 (less those who fled duty) to vainly attempt to restore order in the wake of last Tuesday’s devastating flooding. About the the same time Louisiana state police were preventing radio repair technicians from entering the city to repair the damaged police scanner system, leaving the NOPD unable to communicate.

It’s pretty hard to miss coverage of New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin’s order for forced evacuations of those who remain in New Orleans – it was all over the news. Guess who has already subverted that effort? In a Fox News interview this evening Governor Blanco said Nagin might be the one to order an evacuation, but she controls the resources necessary to enforce it and she will not sign off on the decision. Reuters reports, Not all will help in forced evacuation of New Orleans.

Art Jones, a senior official with the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said state authorities, who are in command of the Louisiana State Police and National Guard, have no plans at the moment to participate in a forced evacuation.

“We personally will not force anyone out of their homes,” he told reporters at a briefingThen this evening Fox New’s Major Garrett broke what may be the most damning story of the post hurricane period – The Red Cross was blocked from delivering supplies to the Superdome by Blanco’s Louisiana Department of Homeland Security. Read that again… The Red Cross was prevented from getting supplies to the Superdome and the convention center.

Governor Blanco’s administration ensured that there was no (or minimal) state presence in New Orleans; no food, medicine, or other need supplies for hurricane victims; and that vital repairs to the city’s police scanners could not be completed. All of which would lead one to only one natural conclusion:

It’s all Bush’s fault…

President Bush and the Katrina Response
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