Read this Los Angeles Times Op-Ed piece by Mike Tidwell (author of Bayou Farewell) and weep.
Republicans, looking for a way not to fund a recovery package for New Orleans, compare it to Baghdad, saying both are corrupt.
The more accurate comparison is to Fallujah. In both Fallujah and New Orleans, policy and operation failures of the U.S. government resulted in the destruction of a city and thousands of death. In each case, U.S. promises to reconstruct the cities proved empty.