"The official explanation for the collapse of some of the flood walls protecting New Orleans has been that Hurricane Katrina simply overwhelmed the system. But reports yesterday in both The Washington Post and The New York Times suggested that Katrina might not have been as powerful as advertised and that the real culprit was the system itself - flood walls so poorly constructed that they were easily breached.
This points a finger at either the Army Corps of Engineers, which oversaw the design and construction of the flood walls, or Congress, which appears to have underfinanced the projects, or both."
So what else is new? Things weren't built according to spec? Materials were substandard? Sounds like a normal contract job in the good ol' USA. Does anyone care about quality any more? How would you like to be an astronaut in this crazy time and place?