"Let me give you the scenario: You have four months to build something that nobody has ever built before, and if you don't, the city floods and the Corps, which already has a black eye, could basically be dissolved. How many people would put up with a second flooding?" said Randy Persica, the Corps' resident engineer for New Orleans' three major drainage canals.
What has my anger at a Bushehr level of critical mass is that it is possible to infer the rationalization of the ACOE for everything. Because it is an unaccountable bureaucracy, the problem isn't bad engineering that results in loss of lives, property, or livelihoods – the objective consequences of their failure.
No-- the problem is being held accountable.
In a second flood, basically, Randy is worried the ACOE could be dissolved. So, rather than being honest about the risks of their bad decisions --- and informing those affected of the risk that were taken-- the ACOE has once again chosen to hide the truth and leave the perception that the situation was better than it really is. To the detriment of those who may face the consequence of these decisions.