Is this your idea of leadership? The eye of hurricane Katrina missed New Orleans. Had it hit head on, nothing could have spared that city. It is true that Bush can't stop the force of nature...but nobody expects him to or hold him responsible for that. However cutting federal funding needed to fix the levees, flood control projects and the lack of National Guard troops and their equipment needed for evacuating the citizenry fall squarely on his shoulders.
There are Bush apologist out there telling the rest of us that this is not the time to place blame. Let's leave politics out of this; we have people to take care of, they kept reminding us. Since when did telling the truth becomes playing politics. Have they read what Walter Maestri has to say:
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
How about this article published in New Orleans City Business in June of this yearUS Army Corps of Engineers funding troubles. The big kahuna however is the lack of National Guard troops. No Louisiana do have a national guard. The only reason for their absence is that they are out there in Iraq fighting Bush's immoral war.
What difference will it make to have the Louisiana National Guard back in their state doing the job they're intended to do? A whole lot. The military vehicles would have been extremely helpful in evacuating residents before the storm hits. The Guard would be even more helpful in the aftermath...days like today. But thanks to Bush and his imperial mentality, there are thousands of Guards from Louisiana, watching helplessly from the desert as the lives and livelihoods of their families and friends are flooded and destroyed.
Is there somebody to blame for the lack of resources and the subsequent loss of life and property? Dear leader off course. While he is playing rock star thousands of his fellow citizens are drowning in the swamps of new orleans. It's obvious that I'm angry. No, I take that back, I'm furious about all of this. I hope this country finally opens its collective eyes to the so-called leadership this sociopath have provided.
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