Blue Ribbon Whitewash
U.S. President George W. Bush has named his homeland security adviser, Fran Townsend, to lead an internal inquiry into the much-criticized federal response to Hurricane Katrina, the White House said on Tuesday.Wasn't Townsend the one who took the desperate initial phone calls from Louisiana officials when the president was either playing the guitar or otherwise couldn't be bothered? Shouldn't she be under the microscope instead of leading the inquiry? Also, based on what I've read, Michael Chertoff needs some serious face time with accountability. And Townsend is going to be the one responsible for that?
A separate congressional inquiry will also investigate what went wrong with the federal response. But Bush so far has refused to back calls from Democrats for an independent commission to look at the disaster response.
A memo from White House chief of staff Andrew Card directed government departments and agencies to designate by Tuesday one senior official to be the coordinator to work with Townsend for their specific agency.
The memo directed agencies to give this effort "their full attention and highest priority," Duffy said.
The goal is to apply lessons learned to future emergencies.