Breaking news right now, will update as it rolls. AP:has it and so does the
Michael Brown is being sent back to Washington to do paperwork.
Coast Guard Vice Adm. Allen will head relief efforts in New Orleans.
Brown is not fired. He keeps his title, his job, everything. He is just being moved from public view.
Homeland Security boss Chertoff will make this announcement shortly.
All they are doing is hiding this incompetent jackass from political view… talk about sleazy ass-covering by this administration.
Update (1:05 PM Eastern): From Sploid:
Michael Chertoff says the military needs to be in charge, that’s why Brownie is being sent home. But Brown’s second-in-charge from FEMA will remain second-in-charge in New Orleans.
“Brown has done everything he possibly could … ”
Guess “everything” wasn’t quite enough.
No admission of Brown’s failure, or FEMA’s total failure. More self congragulation. No mention of the deliberate efforts of FEMA to keep water, food, rescue workers, fuel and equipment away from the scene.
More political nonsense.
Is this the Bush administration’s attempt to “fix” the problem?
Update (via Hit & Run): Waaah, it’s the incompetent idiot. The Republicans are about as good at building levees around Brown sheilding him from criticism — as Brown is to reponding to them breeching.
Update: Brown isn’t the only one with no experience. In fact him and the next five people in charge are utterly devoid of any emergency management skills and were picked largely because of their political ties to president Bush’s 2000 campaign or to the White House advance operation.