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Where was FEMA? Where was the government?

Where was FEMA? Where was the government?

In a piece posted tonight on the New York Times website, officials in New Orleans offer blunt criticism of the way the post-hurricane situation is being handled. The local police superintendent said the U.S. government took too long to react, and another official was even more blunt:

Col. Terry Ebbert, director of homeland security for New Orleans, concurred and he was particularly pungent in his criticism. Asserting that the whole recovery operation had been “carried on the backs of the little guys for four goddamn days,” he said that “the rest of the goddamn nation can’t get us any resources for security.”

“We are like little birds with our mouths open and you don’t have to be very smart to know where to drop the worm,” Colonel Ebbert said. “It’s criminal within the confines of the United States that within one hour of the hurricane they weren’t force-feeding us. It’s like FEMA has never been to a hurricane.”

[Image via Yahoo News/Reuters.]

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