In a brutal self-assessment the US Coast Guard has given itself a D- grade on its GOM performance! Please see:
I have long advocated that the Coasties funding and staffing should be doubled. What really disturbs me about the event is that the long term scientific and engineering R&D to capture and incorporate lessons learned probably will not be done by the US as its budget problems continue. We are seeing now a savaging of not just preparedness capability in the US but destruction of any real chance at preventing long term environmental damage, and damaging efforts to promote resilience and sustainability of the US in the long run–meaning to make it without more catastrophic problems to the end of this century.
Perhaps a new GREEN party would be helpful as Independents clearly have no patience with the Republicans and Dems who have pretty much forfeited the future of the USA.