'Willful suspension of disbelief':
Interesting but highly predictable debate is breaking out about New Orleans' levees and whether more could have been done to prevent this week's tragedy in the Big Easy. Not surprisingly, President Bush, born centuries after New Orleans was improbably founded under sea level, is starting to catch flak from Josh Marshall
and others. Incredible. ... Take a look at this terrific NYT graphic
and you tell me whether it was possible to create a 100 percent foolproof system of levees to keep out the frigging ocean
. Remember: New Orleans didn't even take the brunt of Katrina. ... Excellent Slate piece
on New Orleans' founding and the 'willful suspension of disbelief' that perhaps partly explains the city's famous and lovable care-free attitude (via Josh). ... John Daley
is rocking on the Katrina blog posts. ...Update
-- Holy Christ ... They're shooting at helicopters and the gangs are out.
New Orleans had better get its act together quick. As New York showed after 9-11, nothing beats strong local leadership. Nothing.