Michael, there are four kinds of blamers here:
1) The no-blamers.
2) The state/local only blamers
3) The Bush/federal government only blamers
4) The "gang-bangers" (all governments)
I am one of the "gang-bangers". I am most critical of Bush and the federal government here, but allow me to re-illustrate a point I've already made several times before.
Honestly, I don't know enough about Nagin's history as mayor, and the full history of decisions he's made regarding levee management and hurricane preparation. Most polled have admitted that themselves.
What I do know about Nagin, however, is the following.
I know that Nagin has about as little experience in public service and disaster management as Michael Brown did before being elected mayor. I know that on Sunday, August 28th that morning, he declared a mandatory evacuation and warned us it would be an "unprecedented event". The following day (Monday, August 29) Nagin reported that water was beginning to flow over the levee, and then it wasn't until that Thursday that Nagin declared a "desperate S.O.S" to the federal government.
That last part is what I find most troubling about Nagin, and by the looks of it inexcusable to my eyes and ears. I am most critical of him and his leadership credentials as well, and I would like to see an independent investigation scrape all the dirt under his fingernails and of any other local and state officials that must be examined.
As for Blanco, I believe she is to be blamed as well, but not for what the mass media is accusing her of right now, a lie that she never declared a state of emergency in Louisiana, which she clearly did on Friday, August 26.
What Blanco should be blamed for (which Bush shares blame here as well) is failing to contact/communicate with the federal government for two days after earlier asking for help. That was most irresponsible on her part, and a true governor would keep continuously trying to get contact, especially when peoples lives are at stake.
Make no mistake about it. I believe blame should be distributed on all levels of the government.
What is true is that I especially am critical of Bsuh because in the end, it's the president who governs ALL, it's the president who protects the people, it's the president who calls the National Guard and mobilizes FEMA officials and other forces, etc.
He failed to play his role, and so too much damage has been done here.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"