The Government Official In Charge of Responding to the Oil Spill Was the Official In Charge of Responding to Hurricane Katrina

I have provided a balanced overview of the oil spill.

I have tried to diffuse partisan comparisons of the oil spill with Hurricane Katrina.

But I just read something which is making me lose my composure a tad.

As the New York Times reports:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that she was changing the federal leadership of the oil spill operations. Adm. Thad W. Allen, the commandant of the Coast Guard, is now directly overseeing the work of Rear Adm. Mary E. Landry, who had been in charge of the response. Admiral Allen was in charge of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina.

The same guy who oversaw the brilliant government response to Katrina is overseeing its response to the Gulf oil spill?

Well, that’s confidence-inspiring …

Update: Several readers have said that the Coast Guard was one of the only agencies which actually helped rescue people during Katrina, and that FEMA – and not the Coast Guard – is responsible for the government’s incompetence. If true, then I apologize to the Coast Guard.

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