America's Homeland Security Advisory Board has a familiar face, Frances Fragos Townsend, President Bush's Homeland Security Adviser. Fran was on vacation as Hurricane Katrina boiled in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2005. She rushed back to help overwhelmed Joe Nagin, managing to answer a call from Governor Blanco of Louisiana. Fran traded e-mails with Bush Chief of Staff Andy Card, but those remain secret, even from a Congressional investigation.
As the last hospital patients were plucked from dead facilities, Fran jumped on a plane to Saudi Arabia to deliver a letter on Katrina and show America's support for the fight on terrorism. Upon her return Ms. Townsend wrote an investigative report. Here's the executive summary:
"The fact is it didn't measure up," former Bush homeland security advisor Frances Fragos Townsend said in a Feb. 2006 review of the Katrina response.
That applies to her report as well. Who omits the hospital with the highest patient death toll, 34 patients. She left out their corporate owners. The connections are simply amazing in light of President Obama's love for private equity underwriters (PEU's).
The appointment of Frances Townsend is prima facia evidence that competence does not matter. Politics is about politics, pure and simple. Influence peddlers remain in control of our nation's capital. It continues to disturb.