Katrina aftermath

The president, as heard on NPR this morning:

“I don’t think anybody anticipated the breaking of the levees, I don’t think anybody anticipated such a severe storm.”

Well, no, not anybody other than the National Weather Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, and most of the regional planning authorities — those last two were screaming about levees and flood control for years, while the Bush administration cut and recut the budgets in favor of, among other things, the Iraq war.

Not to mention pretty much anybody else who actually read a newspaper or watched television in the days before Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.