04 September 2005

New Orleans: Who's In Charge Here?

Why is there so much surprise and outrage about the Bush administration's reponse to New Orleans (and the rest of the devastated Gulf coast). Really, let's review:
  • September 11, 2001
    Crisis: Airplane attacks on New York and the Pentagon.
    Immediate reaction: President Bush remains in classroom reading "My Pet Goat."
  • March 20, 2003
    Crisis: None.
    Reaction: Massive invasion of a country that posed no apparent threat to the USA.
  • August 30, 2005
    Crisis: 80% of New Orleans flooded, tens of thousands of refugees from Hurricane Katrina
    Reaction: Bush plays guitar, Condi Rice shops for shoes & takes in a Broadway show.
Are we sensing the leadership style here? And the delegation from the top doesn't seem any better. I used to hear that Bush had gotten this far in politics by appointing and surrounding himself with smart people. Too bad he didn't do this with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The main job qualification of current FEMA chief Mike Brown seems to have been a connection with Bush, since his work as an estate lawyer and a commissioner of judges and stewards for the International Arabian Horse Association (a job from which he was fired) don't really seem pertinent to overseeing national disaster response.

This is leadership?

That said, please go back to caring for and donating to the victims of this disaster. When that's done, let's work to rearrange the political landscape.

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