Ron posted the link (in the comments below) to a Boston Globe story about Kerry heading to LA today with supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims. There were a couple of quips in the story that struck me as worthy of highlighting in their own post:
… he recalled talking about issues of coastal flooding at an event he held in Louisiana during the campaign.
He also recalled warning that the nation is not being sufficiently prepared for a terrorist attack, especially one targeting nuclear or chemical plants.
“I think it is not a new criticism that the Homeland Security Department is not funded properly and they haven’t had the kind of leadership necessary to prepare,” Kerry said. He said Michael Brown, head of the Federal Emergency Management agency, should be fired, not reassigned as he was last week.
The senator suggested organizing regional hurricane relief efforts, so supplies and relief workers are pre-positioned near where a storm is forecast to hit and then moved into the location immediately after it passes.
“This is not rocket science,” Kerry said.
U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., speaks at a news conference at Logan International Airport in Boston, Monday, Sept, 12, 2005, where a planeload of supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims was due to leave for Lafayette, La. UPS supplied the plane, flight crew and fuel to transport the 48,000 lbs. of supplies, largely donated by Massachuestts businesses. (AP Photo/Julia Malakie)
And so we see, once again… Kerry was right.