September 1, 2005

by Reb Yudel
How George Bush Destroyed His Second American City

It is becoming clear that it is no accident that George Bush is the first president to preside over the deaths of thousands of Americans in two separate American cities in two separate catastrophes. He doesn't believe in government. He doesn't believe in the common good. He doesn't believe in planning. He doesn't believe in thought.

And he doesn't believe in accountability.

Those who believe in accountability need to start reading about what Bush did to the FEMA.
Laura Rozen posts a piece of it.


Ok, so the administrations of the presidents that came before him share no responsibility whatsoever for 911 or for the failure of the levees in New Orleans.

This is just nonsense. I am not absolving Dubya of all guilt, but to suggest that he is solely responsible is the height of partisan politics.

Posted by: Jack at September 1, 2005 5:23 PM

Bush had nearly four years to wonder: How can America best respond to a disaster? Are all the contingency plans in place? Have all the preventable errors -- such as the NYC communications systems failures -- been prevented?

He had four years to take disaster relief seriously.

He failed.

Posted by: Reb Yudel at September 1, 2005 6:06 PM

In other words you are going to ignore the points about responsibility of the prior admins. You'll ignore that this was a natural disaster and just politicize tragedy to try and make a point.

It is not very becoming.

Posted by: Jack at September 2, 2005 1:41 AM

This was a natural disaster, widely warned of, that happened to an administration whose central goal was prevention of disaster.

Simple question: Is our disaster preparation better than it was four years ago?

Simple answer: Fuck, no!

For this we pay him $400,000?

Another simple question: Why wasn't the response underway before the hurricane hit? Where were the contingency plans?

And yes, I'm politicizing it. Political appointees have been paid good money to protect this country. They failed. The question is how and why.

It's time for the Accountability Era to begin.

Posted by: Reb Yudel at September 2, 2005 1:53 AM

Why wasn't the response underway before the hurricane hit? Where were the contingency plans?

These are good questions to ask the mayor and state gov of LA.

Posted by: Jack at September 7, 2005 2:56 AM

Yes they are. And I would have asked some of those questions before the hurricane of the local officials if I were responsible for the security of the United States and a hurricane was heading toward New Orleans.

And I don't even have an MBA, let alone gubernatorial disaster relief experience.

Posted by: Reb Yudel at September 7, 2005 3:07 AM

Agreed about the advance planning.

Posted by: Jack at September 7, 2005 11:17 AM
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