What Went Wrong?
People have been blaming everyone for Hurricane Katrina. My general feeling is that it was handled pretty well (the one exception is the buses.) Consider the following. Only 650 people died. Of those people most had the chance to get out and didn't. The Superdome held up well and only one person died there (a suicide.) Also the levees had been built sufficiently for a category 3. The levees would have cost $2 billion dollars to upgrade to protect from level 5 and as this is a once in 150 years hurricane it wouldn't be cost-effective. There does seem to be a lot of exaggeration about this. For example one WaPost Online article attacked Bush for his slow reaction to "the worst disaster of the century." Didn't we have a tsunami a year ago. Basically the hurricane took very few lives of people who couldn't evacuate.