The best evidence of how badly the Federal response to Katrina was bungled is how incredibly effective rescue efforts were once the military and National Guard were given adequate personnel, equipment, and direction. The dire situation in New Orleans was reversed in an amazingly short amount of time. It just came days too late, which is not the rescuers fault. It was a failure of leadership. So while we focus on that failure, we should applaud the rescue efforts once they kicked into gear.