Katrina: Second Draft of History

I said almost a week ago in my first draft of history:

I don’t have time to explain… but trust me… when the history of this thing is written, Gov Blanco will be near criminally liable.

I’ve heard tons of stuff, most of which, sadly I have not had time to blog. (You would not believe how busy you can be as a refugee) The evidence against Blanco is mounting and damning. Major Garrett of FOXNews confirms something I heard some time ago but had not seen in the MSM…. namely, that the State turned the Red Cross away from the Superdome and refused to let them bring in food, water and other supplies to the people trapped there.

From an interview with Hugh Hewitt as transcribed on Radioblogger

HH: You just broke a pretty big story. I was watching up on the corner television in my studio, and it’s headlined that the Red Cross was blocked from delivering supplies to the Superdome, Major Garrett. Tell us what you found out.

MG: Well, the Red Cross, Hugh, had pre-positioned a literal vanguard of trucks with water, food, blankets and hygiene items. They’re not really big into medical response items, but those are the three biggies that we saw people at the New Orleans Superdome, and the convention center, needing most accutely. And all of us in America, I think, reasonably asked ourselves, geez. You know, I watch hurricanes all the time. And I see correspondents standing among rubble and refugees and evacuaees. But I always either see that Red Cross or Salvation Army truck nearby. Why don’t I see that?

HH: And the answer is?

MG: The answer is the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security, that is the state agency responsible for that state’s homeland security, told the Red Cross explicitly, you cannot come.

HH: Now Major Garrett, on what day did they block the delivery? Do you know specifically?

MG: I am told by the Red Cross, immediately after the storm passed.

HH: Okay, so that would be on Monday afternoon.

MG: That would have been Monday or Tuesday. The exact time, the hour, I don’t have. But clearly, they had an evacuee situation at the Superdome, and of course, people gravitated to the convention center on an ad hoc basis. They sort of invented that as another place to go, because they couldn’t stand the conditions at the Superdome.

HH: Any doubt in the Red Cross’ mind that they were ready to go, but they were blocked?

MG: No. Absolutely none. They are absolutely unequivocal on that point.

HH: And are they eager to get this story out there, because they are chagrined by the coverage that’s been emanating from New Orleans?

MG: I think they are. I mean, and look. Every agency that is in the private sector, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Feed The Children, all the ones we typically see are aggrieved by all the crap that’s being thrown around about the response to this hurricane, because they work hand and glove with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. When FEMA is tarred and feathered, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are tarred and feathered, because they work on a cooperative basis. They feel they are being sullied by this reaction.

HH: Of course they are. Now Major Garrett, what about the Louisiana governor’s office of Homeland Security. Have they responded to this charge by the Red Cross, which is a blockbuster charge?

MG: I have not been able to reach them yet. But, what they have said consistently is, and what they told the Red Cross, we don’t want you to come in there, because we have evacuees that we want to get out. And if you come in, they’re more likely to stay. So I want your listeners to follow me here. At the very moment that Ray Nagin, the Mayor of New Orleans was screaming where’s the food, where’s the water, it was over the overpass, and state officials were saying you can’t come in.

Nagin still gets a hunk of the blame too, but as I said days ago, Blanco will be the one history damns the most. Video of Major Garrett discussing it with Brit Hume can be found at the Political Teen. It is worth the watch.

Other links of note (stealing material Kevin could use in a 10 spot 😉 Michelle Malkin debunks some Katrina myths and my pal Mary Katharine Ham finds an easier way to say 10,000 words.

UPDATE: A debunking of the debunking? You decide.

The Case Against Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco
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