AP-BS?

Wizbang Blog has a great analysis on the AP story about the hurricane Katrina tape.

 

BTW, I’ve been trying for 6 months now to find out what exactly made James Lee Witt qualified to run FEMA. I’d also like to know how wating three (that’s 3, for our liberal readers) weeks to respond to the flooding after hurricane Floyd made him a better director. So far, I’ve had no response.

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4 Comments on “AP-BS?”

  1. Howard Says:

    Try this:

    Roundup: Talking About History

    Stephen Barr: FEMA’s Transformation Under Bill Clinton

    Source: Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency: 76 Case Studies in Presidential Leadership, ed. David Abshire (Praeger, 2001) (9-6-05)

    … [T]here’s little dispute that President Bill Clinton got it right when he named James Lee Witt as the FEMA Director in 1993. As amazing as it sounds, Witt was the first FEMA head who came to the position with direct experience in emergency management, having previously served as the Director of the Arkansas Office of Emergency Services for four years.

    Witt was among the many Arkansas friends and associates of Clinton who accompanied the President to Washington during his first , term. At the start, however, Witt seemed among the least likely to become a major player in the Administration.

    FEMA haq been labeled a “political dumping ground” in one Congressional report, and Senator Ernest F. Hollings, a Democrat from South Carolina, had called the agency “the sorriest bunch of bureaucratic jackasses” he had ever known.

    The public and press also held FEMA in low regard, primarily because of how the agency had handled two big hurricanes. In September 1989, Hurricane Hugo struck near Charleston, South Carolina, and quickly and violently moved through the center of the state. Thousands of people were left homeless, and disaster-stricken communities found FEMA to be slow and incompetent. Hugo was followed in 1992 by Hurricane Andrew, which flattened the region south of Miami, Florida. Again, FEMA seemed ineffective. In Washington, the common joke was that every storm brought two disasters: one when the hurricane arrived and the second when FEMA arrived.

    After his Senate confirmation, Witt began by paying attention to the morale of his employees. His first morning on the job, he stood in the lobby of FEMA headquarters greeting employees as they caine to work. He asked senior career executives at FEMA to rotate jobs, providing fresh perspectives on what the agency did.

    On Witt’s recommendation, Clinton filled most of the FEMA jobs reserved for political appointees with persons who had previous experience in natural disasters and intergovernmental relations.

    Just as importantly, Witt pulled together his staff and directed them to develop the agency’s first new mission statement in a decade. For many employees, it was the first time they had seen FEMA clearly layout its organizational goals….

    [As a result of the changes Witt made in FEMA, the time it took to get checks to victims was reduced from 30 days to 7. In 1996 Clinton, recognizing FEMA’s importance and Witt’s reforms, made FEMA a cabinet-level department. FEMA received high marks after the great flood of 1993 and the earthquake that struck Los Angeles in 1994.]


  2. Well that’s a (predictably) glowing spooge job. Nothing there really qualified him to be the director of FEMA except for this:

    Witt was among the many Arkansas friends and associates of Clinton who accompanied the President to Washington during his first , term.

    Isn’t that a definition of “Crony”?????

    Furthermore, there’s folks out there that have run EM offices for a HELL of a lot longer than four years. So what made Witt so qualified?

    BTW, you STILL haven’t answered the question as to why it took his FEMA 3 weeks, and Jesse Jackson, to respond to the flooding after hurricane Floyd which, by the way, effected a larger area than New Orleans.

    Speaking of cronies, remember Buddy Young? Maybe you can find somthing which talks about how wonderful he was, but doesn’t address the fact that he wasn’t qualified.

  3. Howard Says:

    Rob,

    First, you obviously can’t read.

    “Witt was the first FEMA head who came to the position with direct experience in emergency management, having previously served as the Director of the Arkansas Office of Emergency Services for four years.”

    “Heck of a job” Brownie had NO experience. None.

    Second, you obviously don’t know how to use google, or just don’t want to.

    Third, four years of experience doesn’t make Witt the best FEMA director, but compared to Brown, he’s a genius.

    Fifth, I think I could have offered up a dozen articles testifying to Witt’s experience and it wouldn’t have mattered to you. You’ve already made up you mind.


  4. First, you obviously can’t read.

    My point is what experience or education did Witt have to be director of EM in Arkansas? Answer: None. He was a CRONY of his lord and master, BJ. I never tried to say that he was more or less qualified than Brown, did I? My question was merely “what’s so great about that guy?”.

    Yes, I do know how to use Google.

    No, any articles you can offer, which all but suck his cock, doesn’t matter to me. I’ve already made up my mind because I read all of them. They don’t impress me.

    BTW, I’m speaking from experience in EM. Witt’s “credentials” don’t impress me.


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