Personally I see the entire fiasco not only as a political black eye for Bush, but as a political black eye for Homeland Security. They had a couple days to prepare, which they wouldn't have gotten if, say, a chemical attack happened in New Orleans; and yet, they were still unable to orderly evacuate the city in the aftermath. I think there has been some serious break down in the interaction between federal, state, and local governments. Basically what it boils down to is this, besides efforts to allow rescue and emergency workers the ability to communicate in a disaster, Homeland Security would be fundamentally unable to protect us in times of emergency. Is it just a placebo to make citizens feel more secure than they are, or what? I would appreciate any thoughts on the matter, as I admittedly do not know all that I could on it.