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Massachusetts Liberal

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Ridgie, you're doing a heckuva job

Doing some catch up reading and there is much to commend in the Washington Post's two-parter this week on the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.

The bureaucratic infighting is astounding, the lack of focus on the mission appalling and, as Katrina proved, the results inevitable. All you need to know about DHS is how it worried, in its first days, about how to brand itself.

And its ironic that good 'ol Brownie was right for the wrong reasons. Brown argued the plan to dismantle and reorganize FEMA was wrong, stripping it of its ability to fight inevitable natural disasters, its raison d'etre, so that it could fight the hidden terrorist menace.

So like everything else about the Katrina response, his reasoning did not focus on good management, but rather, turf.

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