Staggering Stupidity

I thought I'd looked at idiocy from both sides now, but it seems there's always a fresh angle (via Making Light). What should we call this: the idealist's idea of the best possible disaster aid?

First, read the American Red Cross Disaster FAQ. Note where it says:

The state Homeland Security Department had requested--and continues to request--that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans following the hurricane. Our presence would keep people from evacuating and encourage others to come into the city.

So, Homeland Security, stretched beyond capacity, unable to cope with the demand for evacuation assistance, are preventing people stuck in N.O. from receiving medical aid and food. People will suffer and die while they wait for the best possible solution--evacuation. Let the pragmatists in!