U.S. Government Officials Get an F in Disaster Relief

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It was less than a year ago that the world watched the United States of America get a grade of F on its reaction to Katrina. The city of New Orleans, the state of Louisiana and the government of the United States failed its citizens. We looked like West Africa for crying out loud. A guy the president nicknamed “Brownie” was eventually fired … but only after Bush publicly said he was doing a “fine job.” As I have said many times before, this administration is loath to hold anyone accountable for such disasters and failures, but when they do it, it's usually not anyone of great consequence. "Brownie" was just perfect to hold up for this failure, when in fact the responisiblity was much higher up.

Many of us yelled and wrote about the complete failure of leadership at all levels. We railed about incompetence and uncaring government officials. However, many pushed these comments aside, saying they were politically motivated and that it was “the other guy's fault.”

So, this week, we have another flunk by many of the same players that so “impressed” us all during Katrina. We have city, state and federal authorities who let a guy with killer TB go back and forth between at least four countries, and in and out of this country twice … without being stopped. The guy was actually stopped at our border because he was on a stop list. The border guard said, “Well, he did not look sick,” and let the guy in.

We have spent billions of dollars attempting to make this country safer since 9/11, and not a dime of it has made a bit of difference, because it is still, and always will be, the human element that saves or destroys us. That is the way it comes down to — leadership, courage and risk-takers are what we need to run this funny farm.

We had an Anthrax attack over six years ago that killed and hurt many, and we still have not even arrested anyone for that. Now we have lawyers running around the world, with a deadly disease, and we actually let the guy back in … AHHHHHHH!

Terrorists and countries like Iran and North Korea are watching us. What I want to know is if anyone in our government, or if “we the people,” are watching? How many more "Fs" can we take before we get hit again, and hit much harder than 9/11? Bin Laden is still out there, al Qaeda is bigger and worse than it used to be, and each attack they make is bigger than the last. We are a great nation, but we must get our grade point average back up. The price of these “Fs” can be our ultimate demise.


Colonel David Hunt, U.S. Army (Ret.), is a FOX News military analyst and the author of the New York Times bestseller They Just Don’t Get It. He has extensive operational experience in counterterrorism, special operations, and intelligence operations. He has trained the FBI and Special Forces in counterterrorism tactics, served as the security adviser to six different Olympic Games, testified as an expert at many major terrorist trials, and lectured at the CIA, the FBI, and the National Security Agency. You can read his complete bio here.