In both Iraq and in the response to Hurricane Katrina, there was an expectation from the top that certain things would just ... happen, as if by magic.
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Monitoring construction, keeping it up, upgrading it, are all absolutely necessary, but politically and bureaucratically thankless tasks.
Whether it's all those great things we were supposed to be building for the Iraqi people, or our own infrastructure, things are falling down.
The Corps is struggling to catch up to where it thought it used to be. How is it going to deal with climate change? Is anybody in government thinking seriously about the big picture?
Though gradual progress is being made, the absence of national leadership has made the New Orleans recovery an improvised, intractable mess, our own domestic quagmire.
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