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Bush's policy will be our undoing

<![CDATA[As I've been saying for the past week….
Falluja Floods the Superdome – New York Times:

Now, thanks to Mr. Bush’s variously incompetent, diffident and hubristic mismanagement of the attack by Katrina, he has sent the entire world a simple and unambiguous message: whatever the explanation, the United States is unable to fight its current war and protect homeland security at the same time.

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4 replies on “Bush's policy will be our undoing”

This is the writers “opinion” here are the facts:
From the Washington Post:
Behind the scenes, a power struggle emerged, as federal officials tried to wrest authority from Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D). Shortly before midnight Friday, the Bush administration sent her a proposed legal memorandum asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, a source within the state’s emergency operations center said Saturday.
The administration sought unified control over all local police and state National Guard units reporting to the governor. Louisiana officials rejected the request after talks throughout the night, concerned that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law. Some officials in the state 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 does not have the authority to speak publicly.
A senior administration official said that Bush has clear legal authority to federalize National Guard units to quell civil disturbances under the Insurrection Act and will continue to try to unify the chains of command that are split among the president, the Louisiana governor and the New Orleans mayor.
Louisiana did not reach out to a multi-state mutual aid compact for assistance until Wednesday, three state and federal officials said. As of Saturday, Blanco still had not declared a state of emergency, the senior Bush official said.
“The federal government stands ready to work with state and local officials to secure New Orleans and the state of Louisiana,” White House spokesman Dan Bartlett said. “The president will not let any form of bureaucracy get in the way of protecting the citizens of Louisiana.”
Even given the circumstances behind Hurricane Katrina, the US is able to bring some fairly awesome resources to bear. Blaming America in general is the wrong thing to do here, no matter what your affiliation.
And if the writer is so confident that we are unable to fight our current war and protect homeland security, maybe we are unable to have troops in Korea, Germany, England, Japan, etc. and take care of any trouble at home either. Let’s bring ALL the troops home. Is this the right?
The New York Times, best used for wrapping fish and for toilet training dogs. The smell is better than what is written in the paper anyway.

Two anonymous White House sources do not make a truth…. Where’s the memo? You’re quoting from a story about how the White House is actively shifting blame to the state and local officials. It doesn’t conclude these are the facts, it concludes that everyone shares the blame (read the whole thing, not your excerpt, which would be more convincing if someone was on the record).
Ultimately, Bush didn’t do anything until late Tuesday and that’s what we’re talking about. If on Friday they were already preparing, the “it takes time” argument that Bush has relied on to justify FEMA and DHS’s total failure to act quickly falls apart—so what is the explanation for the poor performance of the federal relief system?
Extending the idea that the Iraq War is a mistake to “we should retreat from the world” is a reductio ad absurdum argument and not what anyone is saying. I don’t even advocate pulling our troops out of Iraq arbitrarily; we’ve made a huge mess and we need to help fix it, while recognizing that we can’t fix it alone. It’s time for the UN, the Arab states and others to take over large parts of the mission, so our troops can leave as quickly as possible.
The point of my arguments in other threads and of Frank Rich’s editorial, is that the National Guard is over-extended, not that the U.S. Army is over-extended. Those citizen soldiers and the equipment they rely on to complete their domestic security mission need to be at home.
We’ll see, Romeo, what the truth is. I hope proof doesn’t come in the form of another disaster for which we are totally unprepared.

Well now this has got to point how competent the Mayor of New Orleans is. From the beloved New York Times:
NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 4 – A day after two police suicides and the abrupt resignations or desertions of up to 200 police officers, defiant city officials on Sunday began offering five-day vacations – and even trips to Las Vegas – to the police, firefighters and city emergency workers and their families.
“I’m very concerned about individuals who have been here, particularly since the first few days, and have been through a lot of hardship,” Mr. Nagin said in an interview.
He said most of the police officers, firefighters and emergency medical workers “are starting to show signs of very, very serious stress, and this is a way to give them time to reunite with their families.”
Mr. Nagin, who has been demanding more federal assistance for days as his city struggled with despair, death and flooding, said he had asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for the trips but the agency said it could not. He said the city, therefore, would pay the costs.
He said he believed there were now enough National Guard members in the city to allow the police to take a break and still keep the city secure, and he brushed off questions about whether such a trip might look like a dereliction of duty.
“I’ll take the heat on that,” Mr. Nagin said. “We want to cater to them.”