The amount of money wasted, or lost to fraud (over a billion and growing) is a sad commentary, when a lot of the victims are still living in the now (infamous) FEMA trailers.
Now a new allegation is being brought forth, which is that $854 million in aid promised by our allies, wasn't even accepted. I find this pretty interesting as people are suffering nearly two years, afterwards?
Even more shameful was that expert search and rescue personnel, were turned down, immediately after the hurricane, when they probably would have been extremely helpful:
This fact, given the problems in the initial response, amazes me.
And while television sets worldwide showed images of New Orleans residents begging to be rescued from rooftops as floodwaters rose, U.S. officials turned down countless offers of allied troops and search-and-rescue teams. The most common responses: "sent letter of thanks" and "will keep offer on hand," the new documents show.
Original Washington Post article, here.
I wonder how our allies, many of who have accepted similar aid from us in the past, felt when we turned their generous offers down?
More recently, the Post is reporting that Congress intends to look into this. The article regarding this can be read, here.
I'm not sure when the story on Katrina will be over. The bottom line is that there are still a lot of hurricane victims, who could use a helping hand. A good place to learn more about this is Margaret Saizan's site (Beyond Katrina), which can be seen, here.