What might have happened in the aftermath of Katrina if. . .
. . .on Tuesday, the President of the United States had ordered an immediate deployment of a minimum of 50,000 military troops, with a full complement of amphibious crafts/vehicles, into the city with a verbal commitment during a television address to the entire nation to order as many more troops as proved necessary?
. . .on Tuesday, the President of the United States had showed up in New Orleans, as he did in New York City after 9/11, to lift the morale of the city by holding the people and wading into the flood waters?
. . .on Tuesday, the President of the United States had called for a high level conference on solutions that included all cabinet members and experts from Florida who endured Hurricane Andrew?
. . .on Tuesday, the military had deployed tens of thousands of life rafts in the water logged neighborhoods so that people could have saved themselves from the flood waters?
. . .on Tuesday, hundreds of Greyhound buses had been ordered to the city to evacuate the refugees who had been too poor to leave the city in the first place?
. . .on Tuesday, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had ordered abandoned military bases all across this nation to be opened and readied to receive the refugees from Katrina?
. . .on Tuesday, the President of the United States and the White House Office of Community and Faith-Based Initiatives had called on every church, synagogue, temple and mosque in America to prepare to minister to the former citizens of New Orleans who would shortly be arriving in their various communities?
. . .on Tuesday, every major media outlet in America had called for immediate action from every sector of government--city, county, state and federal--to come to the aid of the drowning city?
. . .on Tuesday, FEMA and the President of the United States had guaranteed adequate support for local law enforcement officials to do their job in New Orleans?
. . .on Tuesday, a priority one effort to evacuate the hospitals of the city had been undertaken?
. . .on Tuesday, the Corps of Engineers had been directed by the President of the United States to spare no effort nor worry about any expense to begin to develop a strategy to restore the levees in the flooding city?
. . .on Wednesday, every resource needed in terms of rescue and security had been directed to this city in danger of dying?
. . .on Wednesday, FEMA had negotiated relocation agreements with 25-30 cities across the entire nation to receive with dignity the refugees from New Orleans?
. . .on Wednesday, the President of the United States had declared martial law and directed the federal government to take over the management of the city of New Orleans?
. . .on Wednesday, the federal government had dropped in adequate food supplies at the Superdome and in other extremely distressed parts of the city?
. . .on Wednesday, the Secretary of Transportation and the Secretary of Commerce at the direction of the President of the United States had ordered that gasoline prices be frozen at $2.75 per gallon?
. . .on Wednesday, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development had opened Section 8--now called the Housing Voucher Program--benefits to refugees from New Orleans to any city or town into which they resettled?
. . .over the past two plus decades, the various Presidents and Congressional delegations had heeded the pleading of the New Orleans' representatives to help with funding the strengthening and rebuilding of the levee system in the city?
. . .today the politicians vowed to stop asking people to be patient with the heat, the hunger, the thirst, the death and the despair?
Please pray for this amazing city and its tortured people.
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