Did America Need Katrina to Get Ready for Rita?

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Traffic is fairly smooth today going back into cities in Texas, but Louisiana wants billions of federal dollars to help recover from two major storms. President Bush says he'll open the Strategic Petroleum Reserve if that's needed to keep gasoline prices down. He's proposed a greater role for the military when it comes to disaster and is still considering the appointment of a so-called federal disaster -Tsar." When it comes to disaster, does the US respond better than it prepares? Do business leaders think farther ahead than elected officials? If the military had a bigger role, would Americans listen? We speak with journalists, experts in psychology, anthropology, decision making and risk analysis.
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National Weather Service on Rita

Time coverage of storm season

President Bush on hurricane effects on energy supply

Sanger-s article on White House taking a new tack with Hurricane Rita

Sinn Fein/Irish Republican Army

Prime Minister Blair on IRA decommissioning of weapons

Democratic Unionist Party on IRA

Moriarty-s article on IRA disarmament



Warren Olney