Talk:Hurricane Katrina

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a massive naval goodwill station has been cruising offshore, underutilized and waiting for a larger role in the effort.

The USS Bataan, a 844-foot ship designed to dispatch U.S. Marines in amphibious assaults, has helicopters, doctors, hospital beds, food and water. It can also make its own water - up to 100,000 gallons a day. And it just happened to be in the Gulf of Mexico when Katrina came roaring ashore.
-- reported by BBC and Chicago Tribune near 3 Sept.

Ain't that just totally amazing ... Bush must be clairvoyant or something like that. Just imagine. Just like Joint Task Force Katrina was all set up and ready to go ...

Correction ... via The Carpetbagger Report:

"Northcom started planning before the storm even hit. We were ready when it hit Florida, because, as you remember, it hit the bottom part of Florida, and then we were planning once it was pointed towards the Gulf Coast.
"So, what we did, we activated what we call 'defense coordinating officers' to work with the states to say, 'OK, what do you think you will need?' And we set up staging bases that could be started.
"We had the USS Bataan sailing almost behind the hurricane so once the hurricane made landfall, its search and rescue helicopters could be available almost immediately So, we had things ready.
"The only caveat is: we have to wait until the president authorizes us to do so. The laws of the United States say that the military can't just act in this fashion; we have to wait for the president to give us permission."

Artificial Intelligence 19:07, 8 Sep 2005 (EDT)

Oh, and as to whether or not any of those political stooges didn't know about what was going to happen, they must have been appointed after FEMA's Hurricane Pam exercises concluded "way back" in July 2004.

I want my money back.

Even on Tuesday, as still-rising waters covered most of New Orleans, FEMA official Bill Lokey reassured residents in a Baton Rouge briefing. “I don't want to alarm everybody that, you know, New Orleans is filling up like a bowl,” Lokey said. “That's just not happening.” [1]

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Satellite Images of oil slicks in Gulf