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Monday, September 05, 2005

Baghdad by the Mississippi

Labor Day 2005 -- troops conducting house-to-house searches; contractors taking fire from snipers; politicians pointing fingers at each other with bitter recriminations; Condi and Rummy offering strong statements of support for administration efforts.

The question of who is to blame can probably be neatly wrapped up by saying that if New Orleans is starting to look by Baghdad the only common element is the MBA President who prides himself on his executive skills.

Thankfully the snipers with guns and those with words are so far equally ineffective. The Sunday talk shows brought with them the first volley of partisan sniping. While Louisiana's response to the crisis left something to be desired, you can't help shake the thought the Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff and FEMA boss Michael Brown represent the federal government's promised response in the wake of another catastrophe.

And complaints about "we didn't expect anything like this" don't wash. No one expected 9-11 either. Oh wait a minute, they did.

And let's remember that the hallmark of the Bush War Presidency is to insure its troops have what they need to meet the enemy. In keeping with this standard, reinforcements, led by General Rove, are fanning out across the TV landscape to do battle with the dastardly Democrats.

One problem, most Democrats are holding their fire, assuming the Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight will cause self-inflicted wounds. Of course that strategy has failed them before, but that's another war.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am choosing to hold no blame at this point even though the aftermath was predicted and could have been avoided. I mean catastrophic means involving or resulting in substantial, often ruinous results. Anybody listening to the weather channel heard catastrophic days before it hit. Maybe other peoples dictionarys have different meanings for the word ie (BUSH, FEMA, Governor of Louisiana, Mayor of New Orleans etc.)

Poor people often pay the price and many people just want to believe they are poor because they choose to be. Who would choose that?

Oh well, it will all become clearer in the future.

September 05, 2005 1:55 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Fair point, catastrophes are just that. But the key to me is that this adminitration won re-election by saying it would do a better job after a terrorist attack than John Kerry. Didn't believe it then, surely don't believe it now.

September 06, 2005 11:05 AM  

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