Broken Covenant

President George W. Bush has been rightly lambasted for the bumbling way in which he personally reacted to the catastrophic flooding of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, as well as for the inept federal response on the ground, especially the failures of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Even many of the president’s supporters think the criticism well deserved. Much of the human suffering following Katrina’s...

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