Friday, March 03, 2006

AP Doyles

It does not appear that the Governor Doyled this afternoon. But AP did, releasing the following Friday evening correction:

WASHINGTON (AP) _ In a March 1 story, The Associated Press
reported that federal disaster officials warned President George W.
Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina
struck that the storm could breach levees in New Orleans, citing
confidential video footage of an Aug. 28 briefing among U.S.

The Army Corps of Engineers considers a breach a hole developing
in a levee rather than an overrun. The story should have made clear
that Bush was warned about floodwaters overrunning the levees,
rather than the levees breaking.

The day before the storm hit, Bush was told there were grave
concerns that the levees could be overrun. It wasn't until the next
morning, as the storm was hitting, that Michael Brown, then head of
the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Bush had inquired
about reports of breaches. Bush did not participate in that

One might have added that the next day, after the storm hit, the Governor said there were no breaches. But why engage in rehashing the whole thing? It's just water over the dam - or through it. Whatever.

1 comment:

Peter said...

Great Minds Think Alike. I had exactly the same take on this ... a Friday night Doyle document dump. Or a Clinton dump (the Clintons' perfected this in the 1990s with all their scandals).