All reports seem to indicate that disaster relief in Mississippi has been a disaster. This is comparing it to disaster relief in Thailand earlier this year which seemed to go much better. I wonder why.
Two possibilities occur to me. First, it may be just a matter of expectations. We didn't expect anyone to be able to do much in Thailand, and it was amazing what the US Navy was able to pull off, while in the US, we expect the government to be able to handle emergencies and it is shocking when a disaster is beyond our means.
The second possibility is that there are just better people in charge on US Navy carrier groups than in the federal government. Maybe the big mistake was in letting elected officials get involved. Would the people of Mississippi have been better off if Bush had just assigned an admiral to handle the emergency?