Adm. Timothy Keating, head of the military's defense command for the United States, on Tuesday said he's proposing that the Department of Defense be given complete authority for response to rare, catastrophic disasters like Hurricane Katrina.One small step toward military rule. No thanks, Admiral Keating.
In that deadly storm, emergency response floundered, and more than 1,000 people died. No one person or agency was in charge - or is today. A general commanded the military units, a civilian ran the Federal Emergency Management Agency and governors were in charge of the states.