There's a lack of adult leadership on both sides.
Even more than money and the availability of money, what really slows down the reconstruction is decision-making bureaucracy and red tape.
You can't make a million people happy. There's going to be a lot of debates. I don't think you can minimize the role Congress is going to play in what kind of legislation they formulate to guide the reconstruction. There will be enormous pressure to do something quickly. It's all new virgin territory, and it'll be tough to craft an optional strategy.
There is no way that a terrorist campaign can disrupt the elections in the United States. This is too big a country, too many voters, too many polling places.
If you had a nuclear explosion and fire or something biological in New Orleans, you'd have seen tens of thousands of casualties, ... We don't really have the capacity to mobilize the medical support for catastrophic terrorism.
Given that the tsunami killed 150,000 people [in Southeast Asia], I frankly think we responded pretty well to a storm that might have done the same, given the density of the population in the area where it hit. Essentially, Katrina was a nuclear bomb without a mushroom cloud or radiation.
I can't think of one good example in history where a nation built another nation. Countries that succeed rebuild themselves.
He's stuck it out when lesser men would walk away. I don't care what you call that, hubris or whatever. I truthfully think just changing the captain on the ship wouldn't have made any difference. If anything, it may have slowed things down because at least that captain knows the mistakes he made.
The president's behind him. If he left tomorrow, (deputy defense secretary) Gordon England would be secretary of defense, and defense policies and what we do in Iraq would look exactly the same.