2005/09/02

More on Bush Co.'s Response to Katrina...

A comment from Jason Smith (a conservative apologist who blogs at Generation Why?):
Is there anything on this planet you people won't blame Bush for? Seriously, it's getting so predictable and completely comical.
President Neuman on Good Morning America:
I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees
A category 4 (almost category 5) hurricane comes ashore 50 miles from New Orleans (with the Big Easy smack in the middle of the heaviest rain bands), and Bush asserts that no one anticipated the levees breaching. Un-fucking-believable!

The facts (this time from the San Francisco Chronicle, but repeated endlessly in the MSM):
In 2001, a FEMA report ranked hurricane damage to New Orleans as one of the three most likely catastrophes facing the country (the other two were a terrorist attack on New York City and an earthquake in San Francisco).

The New Orleans Times-Picayune published a five-part series in 2002 that began with the words: "It's only a matter of time before south Louisiana takes a direct hit from a major hurricane. Billions have been spent to protect us, but we grow more vulnerable every day. ...'' The stories quoted flood experts warning specifically of the potential damage from rising water levels and broken levees.

Despite the warnings, money was cut from flood control as the federal government's focus shifted to terrorism. The Bush administration routinely provided less than half the money the Army Corps of Engineers requested for New Orleans flood prevention. Officials routinely blamed budget restrictions and the war in Iraq in Times-Picayune articles.

A strategic plan produced by FEMA in 2003 noted that "Since September 11 (2001) ... the nation's attention has shifted from natural hazards to include its capability to respond to future terrorist attacks.''

The agency, which was given Cabinet level status by President Bill Clinton, was folded into the newly created Department of Homeland Security and reported to its secretary rather than directly to the president.
You decide.

The problem with being at the top is that you have to take responsibility when you fuck up...unless you're Bush Co.

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