This post reviews the new documentary by Spike Lee called When The Levees Broke Acts I and II on HBO. This documentary tells the tale of hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
This is a documentary detailing the lives of people struggling to rebuild New Orleans after hurricane Katrina destroyed large parts of it. The growing controversy is steaming because the government isn’t doing what the people expected. This is directed by groundbreaking director Spike Lee of 25th Hour and Inside Man.
The Battle Of New Orleans.
Sign in post Katrina ravaged New Orleans.
There was speculation that the levees were blown up because residents heard the explosion. Why? Because it was also rumored to be done in 1965 because of hurricane Betsy. Why? Because they wanted to flood the Ninth Ward intentionally in order to save the more expensive properties on Lakeview.
There are also a lot of discussions on the effectiveness of the levees. In the opinions shown in this documentary, it is mentioned that they were badly engineered and even after 40 years, they were not completed. The levees failed a level 1 hurricane. Why? Because the hurricane missed New Orleans, but filled the lake up to the breaking point.
Because of the FEMA debacle, the Homeland absorbed and reformatted FEMA. It has been said in the media that it has become insignificant. Looting got out of hand and the rule of law totally broke down.
I guess what really pissed people off is that Canadian Mounties and other humanitarian forces from all over the world showed up before the federal government. Now how stupid is that? The 82nd Airborne was in the tsunami region of Indonesia within 48 hours and it took days and days before anyone showed up in New Orleans.
The problem was that the government and the people appointed didn’t really care. Dick Chenney was fly fishing, Michael Chertoff, head of Homeland Security, was in Atlanta on a infectious disease conference, and Dr Condeleeza Rice was at Ferragamo’s buying Manolo Blahnik’s. The day after, she was playing tennis with Monica Seles. Nobody cared. When foreign nations care more than the federal government about the situation in New Orleans, it is lamentable.
How can we have better intelligence than you? I have a research file compiled by my 23 year old production assistant, how can this be better than what you have?
CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien to Mike Brown, form head of FEMA, talking to him five days after the hurricane about the state of New Orleans.
He’s the type of student that gives C students all over the world a bad name.
Robert Rocque talking about President Bush’s response to hurricane Katrina.