Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,
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Well... that bit them in the ass, didn't it?!

Mike Parker, the former head of the Army Corps of Engineers from 2001-2002, was forced to retire because he vocally criticized Bush administration plans to cut funding for their anti-flooding projects.

Here's a bit of Mike Parker's testimony from a Senate Budget Committee meeting in 2002, shortly before he was forced to resign:

"After being in the administration and dealing with them, I still don't have warm and fuzzy feelings for them. I'm hoping that OMB (White House Office of Management and Budget) understands we're at the beginning of the process. If the corps is limited in what it does for the American people, there will be a negative impact."

Yeah. I'd say so. The guy's got a knack at understatement.

So, what is he saying now about what would've been the outcome if New Orleans did get proper funding?

"Levees would have been higher, levees would have been bigger, there would have been other pumps put in. I'm not saying it would have been totally alleviated but it would have been less than the damage that we have got now."

Another understatement, I suspect.
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