Adopting the Bush administration's apparent new line of defense against charges of poor judgment and incompetence, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says Katrina was "one of the most difficult and traumatic experiences of my life." This is sure to gain sympathy from the residents of the Lower 9th Ward.

According to the article, Chertoff also testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that "Our logistics capability in Katrina was woefully inadequate. I was astonished to see we didn't have the capability most 21st-century corporations have to track the flow of goods and services." If the guy in charge doesn't know, who is supposed to?

He also blames "Mr. Brown's agenda" for some of the problems, but says he will fix DHS and FEMA before the next hurricane season begins. With leadership like this up and down the line, some might have a hard time believing that to be possible. Especially in light of past performance.