There’s a phrase: can’t win for losing.
Sadly, this seems to apply to local, state, and federal officials in the United States in the wake of any natural disaster, such as a hurricane.
After Katrina, everyone was criticized (many justifiably) for failure to prepare for something the scale of which no one had heard of, experienced, or foreseen. (Then again, someone must have said: I told you that would happen!) Now, following the visit of a young lady called Irene (Why is it always women? Perhaps Rudyard Kipling was correct.), officials are being criticized for being too cautions, ordering evacuations, and raising fear of dire consequences...which did not, for the most part, happen.
I believe in the need for a free press, but many are unreasonable and just plain stupid. Instead of being happy that nature did not unleash all the power at its disposal, too many must criticize officials for being unable to predict the unpredictable. Few seemed to notice that someone did an impressive job predicting the storm’s path.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.