Not so long ago, I was sitting outside the coffice, eavesdropping on a man at a nearby table. He was going into an elaborate laundry list of conspiracies he was quite sure had been executed before, during, and after Katrina by a broad range of entities: municipal, state, federal, and otherwise. I have this to say:
I have spent my share of time working for or in some capacity dealing with various government agencies, folks who generally fall under the label, "the powers that be." Certainly, the government and other large organizations do a lot of bad things. And sometimes these bad things are the consequences of sinister, malicious, premeditated, covert planning - conspiracies. But, in my humble opinion, in most cases, these people simply aren't smart enough to have devised, much less successfully executed many of the conspiracies attributed to them. More frequently ignorance, incompetence, mismanagement, lack of empathy, and systemic failures are the guilty culprits.*
That is all.
* No, this post is not part of some secret counter-smear campaign funded by an illegal grant from Karl Rove. What evidence do you have for that assertion? Utterly baseless. But maybe you should be a little more careful, you know. Bad things can happen to people who aren't careful. Hmm? Accidents. Terrible, terrible accidents....
Ask and ye shall receive.