My friend Sleepybomb over at the Wreckroom has some thoughts worth reading over at his blog. He's pissed off and so am I. Even before the levee broke, shouldn't there have been more security (and food and water) sent to the city as soon as the most crime-ridden area of the city (and one of the worst in the country - I love New Orleans, but it's true) became totally uninhabitable? With more National Guard downtown and throughout the city protecting the good people and property of New Orleans, the police could have been rescuing people.
Sure, hindsight is 20/20 and it's easy for me to sit here in my undamaged, air-conditioned house and over analyze what happened. But, think of your town. Imagine the worst neighborhood which is barely controlled in the best of times where good people live day in and day out in fear of their lives. Imagine this neighborhood being totally decimated sending all of the low-life thugs out into your city to have free reign. Kind of makes you want to do something about the crime problems of your less fortunate neighbors right now before it's too late doesn't it? Escape from New York is no longer just a movie folks. It can really happen. We're seeing it happen in New Orleans right now.
Some background on Sleepybomb: he and his family (famous Dixieland Jazz musicians) are originally from New Orleans. He lives in Reno right now and was in the process of buying a home in Metairie and moving back to New Orleans. That house is probably gone but, more importantly, he is in anguish over New Orleans and his family who is still there and feeling somewhat guilty about being high and dry in Reno.