The Obama administration is woefully unprepared for a nuclear terrorist attack or major natural disaster, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO also says the Federal Government lacks coordination and the ability to provide large scale emergency medical treatment, and that it would take years to acquire adequate emergency shelter. The GAO is a non-partisan group, and therefore isn't required to spout Obama's nonsense.
Remember FEMA? The liberal wet-dream that would solve all our problems in the event of a disaster? According to the GAO, FEMA hasn't even done a good job of keeping track of its own efforts, or those of other agencies. Victims of Hurrican Sandy in 2012 paid the price for the government's inability to efficiently coordinate and distribute aid.
"FEMA is not aware of the full range of information," according to the report. The investigation relied in part on internal documents from the Homeland Security Department, which oversees FEMA, including previously undisclosed details from a 2013 disaster plan that highlights needed improvements in the event of an attack from an improvised nuclear device.
The Government Accountability Office said it would still take one to five years to develop a strategy to determine whether people were exposed to unsafe levels of radiation and five to 10 years to plan for a full medical response. Guidance also was lacking as to communication among first responders and making shelters and other basic needs available.
The President's single most important job is to protect the American people. His job isn't to weigh in on local criminal cases. His job isn't to give everybody in the country free birth control and abortions. His job isn't to punish successful businesses. His job is to protect citizens of this nation.
It's telling that liberals, so quick to lampoon George W. Bush for the mostly successful response to Hurrican Katrina are sitting quietly over this one. There is no sound so deafening as the silence of liberal hypocrisy.
Moreso than just highlighting the Obama Administration's incompetence, the report shows the glaring failure of the Federal Government. Idiots love to look to Washington as the source of all of life's answers. Leftists love to cede local control to bureaucrats, whether it's education, healthcare, whatever. We've seen the disastrous results in those areas. Now, we're left waiting for the same to happen in the event of an attack or disaster.
It's clear that rescue and rebuilding efforts need to be localized, and assigned to state and local authorities. The Federal budget should be slashed of all non-military disaster preparedness funds, and those monies should be returned to the states. State bureaucracies are only marginally better than Federal, but at least voters at the state level tend to hold their politicians accountable.
This needs to happen now, before Obama's negligence leads to large scale death.