Wednesday, October 19, 2005

This Week's No Shit, Sherlock Award

Goes to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; via CNN:
"I'm not a hurricane expert," Chertoff said several times in responding to criticisms from members of a special House panel set up to investigate the dismal federal response to Katrina, which killed more than 1,200 people, flooded New Orleans and forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands.

Chertoff, a former prosecutor and Justice Department official, took over the Homeland Security Department in February.

Lawmakers grilled Chertoff about why he stayed home Saturday before Katrina made landfall on Monday, why he made a previously scheduled trip to Atlanta on Tuesday, and why he didn't act more decisively to speed up the federal response.
That's why you manage hurricane experts and make decisions appropriately (and successfully, one would hope).


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