If we had a responsible Congress that took oversight seriously there would be a top-to-bottom review of the response. Individuals responsible for the rescue and rebuilding would be questioned under oath. Appropriate punishment would be doled out if it were determined that the body count was intentionally suppressed and, more important, if deaths could have been prevented. But don’t hold your breath — at least for the remainder of this year.
While Republicans spent years examining the death of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, I wouldn’t expect hearings on the deaths of nearly 4,700 Americans in Puerto Rico. A new Congress may be more receptive to requests for rigorous oversight. The people of Puerto Rico deserve at least that.