Katrina Brownout

The embattled FEMA chief is sent back to Washington but remains in his position

One good whack. That's the most efficient way to make heads roll. But in keeping with the government's disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina, even removing the embattled director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is proving to be a tortured, drawn-out affair. Precisely one week after George W. Bush publicly commended FEMA's Michael Brown for "doing a heck of a job," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff sent the deer-in-headlights leader back to Washington and put Coast Guard Vice Admiral Thad Allen in charge of relief efforts.

Although Brown was officially kicked upstairs to help prepare for future natural disasters, the...

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