Katrina Report: What Went Wrong

In a 520-page study titled A Failure of Initiative, a congressional committee last week issued the findings of its five-month investigation into the government's botched response to Hurricane Katrina.

What does the report say? In the days before the storm hit on Aug. 29, local, state and federal officials failed to heed warnings of Katrina's intensity. Their disorganized response reflected communication failures and weak leadership at all levels of government. "Our report," the authors wrote, "is a litany of mistakes, misjudgments, lapses and absurdities all cascading together."

Was Michael Brown really to blame? Although the report strongly criticizes the ex--FEMA chief,...

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