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4th-Sep-2005 10:39 am
I'm finding it increasingly difficult to now be feeling an insane urge to flip out and maim someone - anyone - right about now. I cannot believe that there are people right now who are STILL defending the current Administration's actions and responses in the past week, it is completely unfathomable. What in the goddamned hell? FUCK YOU, BEN STEIN. No, on second thought, MOTHERFUCK YOU. I hope your 'Clear Eyes' bottle has Drano in it, you lecherous chunk of diseased horse asshole. No one is blaming Bush for a natural disaster, he's being blamed and held accountable for his response as an unnatural disaster. NO MRE's or bottled waters were ordered to the potential shelters beforehand, and they KNEW not only that this was coming but what it would do to NOLA, so it's not just Bush that is getting slammed - get your head out of your ass. Hurricane Katrina did more than destroy cities and lives, it destroyed the protective canopy that has shielded our governmental incompetence for FAR too long. Who gives a shit if you bleed FEMA funds dry for a bullshit war when the person you put in charge of disaster relief at the federal level has NO EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER, but was forced to resign from his last job because he didn't have a fucking clue what he was doing there either? Then adding insult to injury, the head of the Department of Homeland Security goes and denies that anyone in government knew how bad a situation like this could have been. Um, WHAT? It's only been common knowledge for years what would happen, are you fucking kidding me? What idiot appoints these people? Oh, wait... Ineptitude rules!

Storm exposed disarray at the top
Despite experience of 9/11, federal disaster system remains fatally flawed (Hello, understatement)
WASHINGTON - The killer hurricane and flood that devastated the Gulf Coast last week exposed fatal weaknesses in a federal disaster response system retooled after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to handle just such a cataclysmic event.

Despite four years and tens of billions of dollars spent preparing for the worst, the federal government was not ready when it came at daybreak on Monday, according to interviews with more than a dozen current and former senior officials and outside experts.

Among the flaws they cited: Failure to take the storm seriously before it hit and trigger the government's highest level of response. Rebuffed offers of aid from the military, states and cities. An unfinished new plan meant to guide disaster response. And a slow bureaucracy that waited until late Tuesday to declare the catastrophe "an incident of national significance," the new federal term meant to set off the broadest possible relief effort.
Perhaps if we instead had referred to it initially as "Al Qaeda Katrina" or "Terrorista Katrina", things would have been different. Okay, got it - if the Bush twins were in NOLA recording their contribution to a GOP Girls Gone Wild video, things would have been different. Perhaps if the Superdome were a giant toilet filled with rich white girls, or NOLA were flooded with OIL instead of stagnant water and cadavers. Perhaps if Charity Hospital were housing a persistent vegetative and threatning to pull her feeding tube unless aid arrived, or were performing late term abortions. Perhaps if Mary Cheney were planning to attend Southern Decadence in leather chaps and nipple clamps... No, wait, scratch that one. But what was the extent of personalized compassion that Bush offered in his initial on-camera response? Poor Trent Lott, he lost his house...

Yet Another Gulf War
Up Against It: Buffeted by Iraq, gas prices and the fury over his response to Katrina, Bush faces a new storm of his own.
Bush, who loves to manage Iraq with metrics and outputs, spent two days reeling off statistics about trucks en route to the Gulf before expressing his frustration at the lack of progress. "I am satisfied with the response," he said of the government's emergency operations. "I'm not satisfied with all the results."

The political storm may only worsen for the White House. For most of this year Bush's advisers have blamed the president's sliding poll numbers not on the war in Iraq but on high gas prices at home. Those prices spiked after Katrina, topping $3 a gallon in many neighborhoods, as the national average rose to $2.68—a 44 percent hike since last year. And there are signs that Bush's political capital is getting soggy. Former GOP House speaker Newt Gingrich sharply questioned the last four years of emergency planning. John Breaux, the former Democratic Louisiana senator and close Bush ally, rejected the president's claim that nobody anticipated the failure of the city's levees, saying he talked to Bush about it last year.

Bush partisans went on the offensive. Grover Norquist, the conservative activist with close ties to Karl Rove, blamed the chaos on "looting in a Democratic city run by a Democratic mayor and a Democratic governor." Still, nobody accused Bush of an overly rapid response. It took two days for Bush to fly over the disaster zone in Air Force One, and four days for him to touch down. In contrast, 41 toured Florida hours after Hurricane Andrew passed through in 1992; two days later he returned, while the rain was still torrential. (Bush 43's aides claimed that an earlier visit would have distracted local officials.) President Bush is at least lucky that his re-election is behind him; what lies ahead is far harder to forecast.
Fuck you too, Grover Norquist, your partisan dismissal as a means of legitimizing human suffering and anarchy is being watched by the entire goddamned world. I really should be thanking you for the extra coffin nail you're just given every Liberal who cannot wait to see you eat crow.

White House shifts blame for Katrina response
Administration, embattled FEMA chief point to state, local officials
...The administration had sought control over National Guard units, normally under control of the governor. Louisiana officials rejected the request, noting that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law. State authorities suspected a political motive behind the request. "Quite frankly, if they'd been able to pull off taking it away from the locals, they then could have blamed everything on the locals," said the source, who is an adviser and does not have the authority to speak publicly.

Blanco made two moves Saturday that protected her independence from the federal government: She created a philanthropic fund for the state's victims and hired James Lee Witt, Federal Emergency Management Agency director in the Clinton administration, to advise her on the relief effort...
Is it just me, or does the White House look like a giant litter box overflowing with cats desperately trying to cover shit up?

Qatar offers $100m to relief fund
The oil-rich nation of Qatar has offered the United States $100 million to assist in the humanitarian crisis triggered by Hurricane Katrina.

The state-run Qatar News Agency said Saturday that Qatar's emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, decided to contribute that amount for relief "and humanitarian supplies for the victims of this disaster."

The U.S. government has received offers of support from dozens of nations across the globe.

As of Friday, the White House had not accepted any offers, but Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the State Department was "working very closely with the Department of Homeland Security to match up what is available with what is needed."
Other offers of aid and assistance have come in from countries around the world -- including from India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia, the four countries hardest-hit by the December 26 Asian tsunami.

The State Department said offers of help had been received from more than 50 countries, including: Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Greece, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, South Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.
Comments 
4th-Sep-2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
Is it just me, or does the White House look like a giant litter box overflowing with cats desperately trying to cover shit up?
Amen to that.

I think I've found a new signature line for elsewhere on Teh Internets.
4th-Sep-2005 05:40 pm (UTC) - I *HEART* TEH INTERNETS!
Good - then that one was just for you.
4th-Sep-2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
Wasn't the CNN Larry King fundraiser all about building Trent Lott a new porch? Was there more to the story than that?

I'm guardedly optimistic that this furor will reign in what der fuhrer can do with the Supreme Court vacancy...
4th-Sep-2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
I didn't watch the LK fundraiser. And about the SC, three words are terrifying me right about now - Chief Justice Scalia. *shudders*
4th-Sep-2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
That is scary, absolutely. This administration is usually guilty of extreme hubris; I'm wondering if they've been unsettled just enough to go for an easier confirmation (my theory: Roberts gets bumped up to Chief Justice nominee, with either Edith Clement of New Orleans or a Latino judge filling the second spot) -- or go for the tough fight to get Scalia named CJ-SCOTUS. I'm thinking the former, but still concerned about the latter.
4th-Sep-2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
The thing that's shitting me off right now with the international offers is that the White House is putting their egos and loss of face above accepting needed assistance. God forbid they have to humble themselves and accept help. Oh no, we're the Mighty United States of America! We don't need no help from nobody!

This will only further damage the US's image overseas, as not only will their inability to deal with a disaster on home soil be remembered, their tight-assery with accepting generous aid offers at the expense of their people will be remembered as well. It's an insult to arrogantly dismiss offers with the proclamation that America takes care of its own, especially when said claim is obviously bollocks.
4th-Sep-2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
hey there, i'm from oversea and my image of the current american government cannot possibly be damaged anymore. yet still, one wouldn't expect so much incapability from anyone.
4th-Sep-2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
We don't need no stinking allies!
4th-Sep-2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
so much arrogance is just...shocking. yet it's wodnerful to hear that the tsunami hit countries offer help themselves.
just one question, why did you highlight france?
4th-Sep-2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
France is one of the more traditionally maligned countries here by Americans, so I thought it was very apropos to mention their attempted contribution.
5th-Sep-2005 12:21 pm (UTC)
i see.
4th-Sep-2005 08:36 pm (UTC)
So much of this tragedy could have been avoided.

1. Critical funds for levee repairs and upgrades were diverted to Bushie's War.
2. Greyhound closed down operations on Saturday, a day before the mandatory evacuation. Buses could have been chartered or even commandeered by the Feds (or the states) to get out the people who could not otherwise get out.
3. Criminally slow response to the aftermath.
4. No accountability at all at the Federal (FEMA) level.
5. Pulling vital equipment (choppers, etc.) for a photo-op, and grounding the rest while Bush was in NOLA.
6. The 17th Street levee "repair" was apparently another photo-op done for Bush's benefit. After he left, it went down to one lone piece of equipment. Got this from a statement by Louisiana Senator Mary Landreau.
7. Red Cross and other relief agencies not permitted in to deliver food and water.
8. Wal-mart (Wal-Mart! of all companies!) not permitted to deliver tanker trucks full of water.
9. National Guard not on the ground, ready to go, within the first few hours afterward.
10. Army Corps of Engineers not on the ground, ready to erect hasty repairs to the levees. They could have helped.
11. The last two can be directly laid at the feet of FEMA and Homeland Security management - not local, federal. Blame it on incompetence at the top.
12. This reads as deliberate. It really does. I've got a couple of phrases - soundbytes, if you like - for what this really amounts to:
ECONOMIC "CLEANSING"
ECONOMIC GENOCIDE


Start using them. Start spreading them. Start telling it like it is. Katrina was a natural disaster; the death of the poor, especially the black poor, was done on purpose, and cannot in any way be called a natural disaster. Call it what it really is: genocide.
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