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    United States of Shame
    By MAUREEN DOWD
    Published: September 3, 2005

    Stuff happens.

    And when you combine limited government with incompetent government, lethal stuff happens.

    America is once more plunged into a snake pit of anarchy, death, looting, raping, marauding thugs, suffering innocents, a shattered infrastructure, a gutted police force, insufficient troop levels and criminally negligent government planning. But this time it's happening in America.

    W. drove his budget-cutting Chevy to the levee, and it wasn't dry. Bye, bye, American lives. "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," he told Diane Sawyer.

    Shirt-sleeves rolled up, W. finally landed in Hell yesterday and chuckled about his wild boozing days in "the great city" of N'Awlins. He was clearly moved. "You know, I'm going to fly out of here in a minute," he said on the runway at the New Orleans International Airport, "but I want you to know that I'm not going to forget what I've seen." Out of the cameras' range, and avoided by W., was a convoy of thousands of sick and dying people, some sprawled on the floor or dumped on baggage carousels at a makeshift M*A*S*H unit inside the terminal.

    Why does this self-styled "can do" president always lapse into such lame "who could have known?" excuses.

    Who on earth could have known that Osama bin Laden wanted to attack us by flying planes into buildings? Any official who bothered to read the trellis of pre-9/11 intelligence briefs.

    Who on earth could have known that an American invasion of Iraq would spawn a brutal insurgency, terrorist recruiting boom and possible civil war? Any official who bothered to read the C.I.A.'s prewar reports.

    Who on earth could have known that New Orleans's sinking levees were at risk from a strong hurricane? Anybody who bothered to read the endless warnings over the years about the Big Easy's uneasy fishbowl.

    In June 2004, Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, fretted to The Times-Picayune in New Orleans: "It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us."

    Not only was the money depleted by the Bush folly in Iraq; 30 percent of the National Guard and about half its equipment are in Iraq.

    Ron Fournier of The Associated Press reported that the Army Corps of Engineers asked for $105 million for hurricane and flood programs in New Orleans last year. The White House carved it to about $40 million. But President Bush and Congress agreed to a $286.4 billion pork-filled highway bill with 6,000 pet projects, including a $231 million bridge for a small, uninhabited Alaskan island.

    Just last year, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials practiced how they would respond to a fake hurricane that caused floods and stranded New Orleans residents. Imagine the feeble FEMA's response to Katrina if they had not prepared.

    Michael Brown, the blithering idiot in charge of FEMA - a job he trained for by running something called the International Arabian Horse Association - admitted he didn't know until Thursday that there were 15,000 desperate, dehydrated, hungry, angry, dying victims of Katrina in the New Orleans Convention Center.

    Was he sacked instantly? No, our tone-deaf president hailed him in Mobile, Ala., yesterday: "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."


    It would be one thing if President Bush and his inner circle - Dick Cheney was vacationing in Wyoming; Condi Rice was shoe shopping at Ferragamo's on Fifth Avenue and attended "Spamalot" before bloggers chased her back to Washington; and Andy Card was off in Maine - lacked empathy but could get the job done. But it is a chilling lack of empathy combined with a stunning lack of efficiency that could make this administration implode.

    When the president and vice president rashly shook off our allies and our respect for international law to pursue a war built on lies, when they sanctioned torture, they shook the faith of the world in American ideals.

    When they were deaf for so long to the horrific misery and cries for help of the victims in New Orleans - most of them poor and black, like those stuck at the back of the evacuation line yesterday while 700 guests and employees of the Hyatt Hotel were bused out first - they shook the faith of all Americans in American ideals. And made us ashamed.

    Who are we if we can't take care of our own?
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  • #2
    Sounds about right.
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    • #3
      This got buried at the end of another thread, so I'll repost it here:

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/20...20050902-2.html

      We've got a lot of rebuilding to do. First, we're going to save lives and stabilize the situation. And then we're going to help these communities rebuild. The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch. (Laughter.)
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      • #4
        I don't mind people talking about what it's going to be like when it comes back. As Americans, we've always focused on how things will be better after a disaster.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by kah@Sep 4 2005, 11:12 AM
          This got buried at the end of another thread, so I'll repost it here:

          http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/20...20050902-2.html

          We've got a lot of rebuilding to do. First, we're going to save lives and stabilize the situation. And then we're going to help these communities rebuild. The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch. (Laughter.)

          Trent Lott lost his house. At least we can take something positive out of this tragedy.

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          • #6
            Good column by Dowd, though it will have the Chimp Worshippers in a tizzy.

            In the downtime of the Lounge today, I mixed it up at a few right-wing blog sites, Billhobbs.com, Right-thinking.com, etc, They are all trying to blame Mayor Nagin and to a lesser extent, the governor of Louisiana. Nagin gets most of the blame because of his tirade that criticized Bush the other day. And when someone attacks Bush - even when they really arent attacking him - those idiots respond like you just attacked their mother or wife.

            Anyway, they are all over those bus pictures. They thought it was possible to find 200 bus drivers the day before Katrina hit to go down into the ghetto and load up each bus, and then drive those buses back and forth between New Orleans and anyplace else. No details on where you put all those people, of course. And no explanation for how it is possible to make several round trips in and out of New Orleans in 24-48 hours when the traffic was at a crawl.

            I registered at FreeRepublic.com, made three posts which were constructive discussions about the buses, and they banned me from their site. I didnt insult them or anything. They dont want anyone posting over there that doesnt agree with them, apparently.
            “I’ve always stated, ‘I’m a Missouri Tiger,’” Anderson said March 13 after Arkansas fired John Pelphrey, adding, “I’m excited about what’s taking place here.”

            Asked then if he would talk to his players about the situation, he said, “They know me, and that’s where the trust comes in.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by thetorch+Sep 4 2005, 11:23 PM-->
              QUOTE(thetorch @ Sep 4 2005, 11:23 PM)

            • #8
              What a total shitbag torch is.

              What a fucking pathetic human being.
              When you say to your neighbor, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night if that's alright with you," what you really mean is, "We're having a loud party on Saturday night."

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              • #9
                Originally posted by Razzy@Sep 4 2005, 10:40 PM
                In the downtime of the Lounge today, I mixed it up at a few right-wing blog sites, Billhobbs.com, Right-thinking.com, etc, They are all trying to blame Mayor Nagin and to a lesser extent, the governor of Louisiana. Nagin gets most of the blame because of his tirade that criticized Bush the other day. And when someone attacks Bush - even when they really arent attacking him - those idiots respond like you just attacked their mother or wife.
                I agree with those who say the governor deserves a bunch of blame. Couldn't she have called in her National Guard sooner?
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                • #10
                  Before Bush could move an inch, she had to declare martial law.

                  She didn't.

                  But, that fact will be ignored - because she's a member of the jackass party.
                  And, frankly, it has never occured to me that "winning" a debate is important, or that I should be hurt when someone like Airshark or kah, among others (for whom winning a pseudo debate or declaring intellectual superiority over invisible others is obviously very important) ridicule me.

                  -The Artist formerly known as King in KC

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                  • #11
                    It's interesting that, up until Katrina, people had nothing but good things to say about FEMA and the director...to the point that it was almost expected that FEMA could move mountains. What happened here? Total lack of preparation for an emergency in NO?

                    Dat's right!

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Razzy@Sep 4 2005, 11:40 PM
                      I registered at FreeRepublic.com, made three posts which were constructive discussions about the buses, and they banned me from their site. I didnt insult them or anything. They dont want anyone posting over there that doesnt agree with them, apparently.
                      So, sort of like NSBB that way....
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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by Damtoft@Sep 5 2005, 11:47 AM
                        Before Bush could move an inch, she had to declare martial law.

                        She didn't.

                        But, that fact will be ignored - because she's a member of the jackass party.

                        Actually, most here have questioned all involved with the debacle.

                        You have a mirror at home? You are becoming a caricature of yourself.

                        Or are you trying to make everyone laugh with your obvious hypocrisy?
                        Dude. Can. Fly.

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                        • #14
                          dvyyyy,

                          You can't be serious.

                          The venom here is off the charts.

                          Had the Prez moved federal troops prior to her declaring martial law, you'd have led the pack branding him an American Hitler.
                          And, frankly, it has never occured to me that "winning" a debate is important, or that I should be hurt when someone like Airshark or kah, among others (for whom winning a pseudo debate or declaring intellectual superiority over invisible others is obviously very important) ridicule me.

                          -The Artist formerly known as King in KC

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by Rdog3933@Sep 5 2005, 12:51 PM
                            It's interesting that, up until Katrina, people had nothing but good things to say about FEMA and the director...to the point that it was almost expected that FEMA could move mountains. What happened here? Total lack of preparation for an emergency in NO?

                            No amount of preparation would have made them ready for this.

                            The US has never had a disaster like this before.
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