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So witnessed now is a man.
Who can give as a -- perspective on the government's response to the gulf oil spill he helped lead the charge in the gulf oil region during Hurricane Katrina we welcome former FEMA director.
Michael Brown to the program men.
Michael this off the top this mismanagement that a lot of people or are are observing.
Valid criticism or visit maybe something just too hard to get their arms around right now.
Well -- really disappoint actually a surprise -- -- support -- that they haven't invoked the Stafford act and they haven't put -- and charge and I'll tell you walk.
For example in 2003.
We took control -- the response to the Columbia space shuttle disaster something out of our league something that we weren't normally to be doing.
But they recognize that they needed someone who could coordinate all the response mechanism someone who had that what I call the honest broker within the federal government.
-- could coordinate all these disparate government state local and federal.
And I think their failure to do that is beginning to show and in this book.
The locals are asking for stuff they're not getting it as you sit in that monologue.
They're doing these crazy things there needs to be one person in charge that can relate to the locals and I believe that theme.
Well one of the things I have.
Noticed exactly by absences the fact that I haven't seen the FEMA director.
I haven't seen any news conferences from FEMA I haven't seen there was a little bit from -- Apollo -- -- a -- security when that when the oil spill first happened.
But not since then what's going -- what's the what do you perceive is that is the game plan or do they not even have one.
We'll Mike Mike Mike conservatives they don't have a game plan.
And if they do that game plan is and -- to use the Rahm Emanuel.
You know proverb that we're going to use this crisis to our advantage to advance tax and spend policies sort of recap and spend policies thought that my concern.
But look you.
Here today Bobby Jindal asking for things from the federal government saying no we don't like that player you shouldn't be doing that.
That's because there's no one single agency in charge that should be DH -- that should be FEMA.
The FEMA director Craig few good should be down there saying what do you need that in -- the bureaucrats make this happen.
-- the current although I think it it's a tragic.
What are the things that -- you talked about since Katrina.
And all the problems that you had with that was that it was the media that created your problems.
I you know surprising I think here the media is ignoring them.
Coming up we were talking earlier this morning from friends.
Can you imagine the Bush Administration doing what this administration is doing the gulf right now I mean we would've all been crucified and burned to the fact.
And so I think the media is failing to ask those questions where's FEMA.
-- and Apollo -- where -- few -- why -- -- not a central command center run by FEMA.
That can help the state and locals because that's who they partner with all the time.
Where's the media -- -- -- asking those questions.
-- let me go back to the question about that -- I've I've met admiral Allen in the past these things I might the first impression of him is that he is and he works where you during the Katrina disaster.
So you know him well my impression was that -- a no nonsense tough military guy the kind of guy you wanna help.
-- -- general on parade that winning into Katrina either read a role that his sleeves you know.
I'm starting to wonder is people -- on my radio show we're talking about maybe he's taking his orders from the White House is you really a guy that's able to manage all this what do you make of that well.
Well first vaudeville personally I've I have the greatest admiration well.
My concern is this he has been put in a no win situation.
Offensively he's the guy -- -- but if you put a guy in charge and you don't give him the authority to make decisions.
Good -- Baghdad but to decide on the spot -- needs to happen.
He is doomed to fail and I think they put him in that horrible situation.
And they shouldn't do that because he's he's the person as you say there has been the experience.
That has that kind of get it done attitude that needs to be.
Down there in the -- But clearly win when things are happening -- tells me unequivocally yes he has not been given the authority that he needs to make those things happen.
That's horrible leadership from the White House they should know better.
If it's a tragedy what they're doing to him.
Maybe data will write a book today we'll -- find out -- -- behind the scenes Michael Brown thank you so much for joining us on the program today.
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