Cuba survived Hurricane Ivan (Category 5) with no loss of life. They evacuated 1.5 million people to higher ground. They were cited as a model for hurricane preparation by the United Nations International Secretariat for Disaster Reduction.
Read more: The Two Americas by Marjorie Cohn.
This quote is from Cohn’s piece. You know, I really don’t care that he played golf or took his sweet time taking this disaster seriously. What I do care about is his administrations failure to place competent managers in key positions.
The day after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Bush was playing golf. He waited three days to make a TV appearance and five days before visiting the disaster site. In a scathing editorial on Thursday, the New York Times said, “nothing about the president’s demeanor yesterday – which seemed casual to the point of carelessness – suggested that he understood the depth of the current crisis.”
(After Katrina, Cuba offered us 1,500 doctors trained for working under emergency conditions and toting equipment and medicine. We turned them down. This from Nonprofit Online News.)