The resulting Commission of Inquiry revealed what I would label "Failure Of Imagination"
The command and control systems at State level utterly failed to cope with the fast moving fire events, especially fires overlapping brigade boundaries. As far as I can tell no high level "war games" – command post exercises had been conducted, despite the fact that fires are an everyday feature of Australian summer, and their ability to attack the rural fringe of cities had been demonstrated many times – failure of imagination.
And the Leader whose responsibility this was – a former female police chief? She was having her hair done that Saturday and was out of the loop on a declared high fire danger day when prompt action might have saved lives. What can I say?
While acknowledging that truth is the first casualty, I note that the "Vineyard Of The Saker" weblog has just posted a video that allegedly demonstrates that the recent deaths of Pro Russian protesters in Odessa was a put up job orchestrated from Kiev. Is this not likely to energise Russian sympathies a little more? How much more of this will Russia take before it intervenes?
One has to ask is Victoria Nuland guilty of a "Failure Of Imagination" over where current Ukraine foreign policy may lead? Where will she be when perhaps a Putin ultimatum expires; in the beauty salon?