Bush FEMA Director Compares Sandy & Benghazi Reactions

From a Newsmax.com article by David Rohde titled “Hurricane Sandy Spotlights Income Inequality:”

“Twenty-four hours after the disaster, ugly political lines were already being drawn. Democrats pounced on a statement by Mitt Romney in a Republican primary debate last year that disaster response should be shifted to the states and, where possible, privatized. Michael Brown, the much criticized director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency under George W. Bush, argued that the Obama administration had responded more quickly to Hurricane Sandy than it did to the terrorist attack in Benghazi.”

(David Rohde is a columnist for Reuters, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and a former reporter for The New York Times.)

And so we are treated to a kneejerk, partisan “analysis” of the President’s response to Hurricane Sandy by Michael Brown, the man who fouled up FEMA’s response to Hurricane Katrina beyond all recognition (FUBAR, as we ex military types came to know the phenomenon).  In other words, he produced, as we who have served in the military came to know it, a response to Katrina that was FUBAR.

Mr. Brown, here’s a clue as to why the response to Hurricane Sandy was more rapid than the response to the tragic events in Benghazi: Hurricane Sandy had been tracked for days before it did its damage; the terrorists in Benghazi were not polite enough to let us know their plans, who made and carried out the plans, and when the attack would take place.  Further, the Benghazi attack was carried out in a Mideast country that is in total political disarray, with no visible political structure; i.e., government, that might bring order to the chaos.

I won’t even get into the main thrust of Mr. Rohde’s article as suggested by its title.  A previous article in this blog addressed the disparity in income growth in the U.S. over the past 20 years.

If you’d like to read Mr. Rohde’s article, here is the link:




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