For days, Bush’s top advisers argued over legal niceties about who was in charge, according to three White House officials who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the negotiations. Beginning early in the week, Justice Department lawyers presented arguments for federalizing the Guard, but Defense Department lawyers fretted about untrained 19-year-olds trying to enforce local laws, according to a senior law-enforcement official who requested anonymity citing the delicate nature of the discussions.
While Washington debated, the situation in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast deteriorated.
Kos then asks, “So who is to blame? Alberto Gonzales or Donald Rumsfeld?” Answer: none the above. This is why we have presidents–to make these calls. Bush–all hat, and no cattle.