On sort of the same note:
One thing I have heard it complained about, in regards to Katrina, is that people (such as civil personel) were waiting for orders, instead of taking initiative. It was suggested that the "go get 'em" american spirit has been quashed by both our fear of litigation, and our being whipped by the office environment.
I just think there arn't enough cowboys in the world. There're enough Maureen Ohara's, but are there any John Waynes left, to turn 'em over their knees?