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Wake of the Flood

By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Friday 02 September 2005

All last night sat on the levee and moaned,
All last night sat on the levee and moaned,
Thinkin' about my baby and my happy home.

- Led Zeppelin, 'When the Levee Breaks'

This will come as no surprise, but columnist Molly Ivins has again nailed
it to the wall. "Government policies have real consequences in people's
lives," Ivins wrote in her Thursday column. "This is not 'just politics'
or blaming for political advantage. This is about the real consequences of
what governments do and do not do about their responsibilities. And about
who winds up paying the price for those policies."

Try this timeline on for size. In January of 2001, George W. Bush
appointed Texas crony Joe Allbaugh to head FEMA, despite the fact that
Allbaugh had exactly zero experience in disaster management. By April of
2001, the Bush administration announced that much of FEMA's work would be
privatized and downsized. Allbaugh that month described FEMA as, "an
oversized entitlement program."

In December 2002, Allbaugh quit as head of FEMA to create a consulting
firm whose purpose was to advise and assist companies looking to do
business in occupied Iraq. He was replaced by Michael D. Brown, whose
experience in disaster management was gathered while working as an estate
planning lawyer in Colorado, and while serving as counsel for the
International Arabian Horse Association legal department. In other words,
Bush chose back-to-back FEMA heads whose collective ability to work that
position could fit inside a thimble with room to spare.

By March of 2003, FEMA was no longer a Cabinet-level position, and was
folded into the Department of Homeland Security. It's primary mission was
recast towards fighting acts of terrorism. In June of 2004, the Army
Corps of Engineers budget for levee construction in New Orleans was cut by
a record $71.2 million. Jefferson Parish emergency management chiefs
Walter Maestri said at the time, "It appears that the money has been moved
in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq,
and I suppose that's the price we pay."

And then the storm came, and the sea rose, and the levees failed. Filthy
sewage-laced water began to fill the bowl of New Orleans. Tens of
thousands of poor people who did not have the resources to flee the storm
became trapped in a slowly deteriorating city without food, water or
electricity. The entire nation has since been glued to their televisions,
watching footage of an apocalyptic human tragedy unfold before their eyes.
Anyone who has put gasoline in their car since Tuesday has come to know
what happens when the port that handles 40% of our national petroleum
distribution becomes unusable.

And the response? "Bush mugs for the cameras," says Kevin Drum of The
Washington Monthly, "cuts a cake for John McCain, plays the guitar for
Mark Wills, delivers an address about V-J day, and continues with his
vacation. When he finally gets around to acknowledging the scope of the
unfolding disaster, he delivers only a photo op on Air Force One and a
flat, defensive, laundry list speech in the Rose Garden."

Newsweek described it this way: "For all the president's statements ahead
of the hurricane, the region seemed woefully unprepared for the flooding
of New Orleans - a catastrophe that has long been predicted by experts and
politicians alike. There seems to have been no contingency planning for a
total evacuation of the city, including the final refuges of the city's
Superdome and its hospitals. There were no supplies of food and water
ready offshore - on Navy ships for instance - in the event of such
flooding, even though government officials knew there were thousands of
people stranded inside the sweltering and powerless city."

This is it, right here, right now. This is the Bush administration in a

The decision to invade Iraq based on lies has left the federal
government's budget woefully, and I daresay deliberately, unprepared for a
disaster of this magnitude, despite the fact that decades worth of
warnings have been put forth about what would happen to New Orleans should
a storm like this hit. Louisiana National Guard soldiers and equipment,
such as high-water Humvees for example, are sitting today in Iraq while
hundreds or even thousands die because there are not enough hands to reach
out and pull them from the water. FEMA - downsized, redirected,
budget-slashed and incompetently led - has thus far failed utterly to cope
with the scope of the catastrophe.

Actions have consequences. What you see on your television today is not
some wild accident, but is a disaster that could have been averted had the
priorities of this government been more in line with the needs of the
people it pretends to serve. The city of New Orleans, home to so much of
the culture that makes America unique and beautiful, is today drowning
underneath an avalanche of polluted, diseased water. This, simply, did
not have to happen.

Remember that the next time you hear Bush talk about noble causes,
national priorities and responsibility. This has been an administration
of death, disaster, fear and woe. The whole pack of them should be run
out of Washington on a rail. Better yet, they should be air-dropped into
the center of New Orleans and made to see and smell and touch and taste
the newest disaster they have helped to create.


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The Hurricane President

No one can say they didn't see it coming

Unrest Intensifies at Superdome Shelter

MIRED IN MISERY: DEATH, DISEASE: Thousands feared killed; water fetid

Ouch! $6 gas near Atlanta

They are criminals who belong in jail Unfortunately they are restructuring our govt and replacing employees and appointees so fast that they may be able to avoid the consequences of their actions. They have intimidated and/or silenced the democrat party,the public and media; by manipulating 911, national security and patriot cards.

Whatever happened to the rule of law that Got-no Sensenbrenner and fat henry hyde repeated endlessly during monicagate?. These two pork barrel porkers are now in position as heads of committees to block accountability or Congresssional Inquiries into the Downing Street Memo, Delay and Rep. Hasterts scandals, rovegate, and other crimes
We have to go after those hiding or complicit in Congress. Now.

It's time for bush to admit, he's in way over his head. Now is the time to start a drive demanding his resignation.

Sadness overwhelms me when I see the images of New Orleans and the picture of bush strumming a guitar and cutting cake with McCain. The contrast is unbearable. Here is our leader having the "last throes" of his vacation while disaster happens.

He doesn't care. Anything further from him will just be another photo-op.

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Yep, we're SCREWED!

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* The Pentagon was not hit by a 757?
* Flight 93 was shot down?

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It's time to get rid of these jerks once and for all!!!!

There is really nothing to add to Mr. Pitt's post. The more I read, the more outraged I become. It has reached the point that I can not look at a photo or a video of that tyranical pompous smirking moron and his band of neo con criminals. Whatever it takes to rid our nation of Bush and company must happen, the sooner the better.

The details of the short changing of the Army Corp of Engineers budget for the levee upkeep in New Orleans is beyond stunning. I sit here today and just try to fathom how and why my country has allowed this all to happen to it. I reach no logical conclusions.

Meanwhile, the tyrant and company plod (or is it plot) along. Who, what or where are they targeting next?

Emancipate yourself from Mental Slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear from Atomic Energy
'Cuase none of them can stop the time . . .

- Bob Marley, 'Redemption Song'

Superdome evacuation suspended because of fires and gunshots

Official: Prisoners Riot, Take Hostages In New Orleans

Nagin: White House ignores pleas to save New Orleans; helicopters diverted

Gulf Coast Declared Health Emergency

Louisiana governor calls for evacuation of New Orleans

New Orleans shelters to be evacuated

Despite unpreparedness, it's to be handled strictly as an "internal action" only and Bush says that no foreign help is wanted.

Countries such as France, Germany, Russia and even US critic Venezuela have volunteered assistance, but Bush said: "I'm not expecting much from foreign nations because we haven't asked for it."

SOURCE: News24 - South Africa

"[There] have been the uncounted offers of assistance from Nations all around the world, including: Venezuela has offered their Medical Airlift Command for the evacuation of peoples trapped in these devastated regions; Holland has offered the resources of their Public Works Ministry (and who are the acknowledged World Experts for below sea level water evacuation procedures); Russia has offered over 100,000 temporary living structures, along with Military Personal to assist their American counterparts; Iran has offered 1 Billion US Dollars in immediate assistance and guaranteed 5,000,000 barrels of oil at $35.00 US Dollars; China has offered their Military Rescue Forces (Who are acknowledged as one of the best in the world for rescuing peoples in flood ravaged areas.)

All of these offers, and more, the Military Leaders of the United States have declined, and for the their previously stated reason: The United States Government and its People Respectfully Decline your offer of assistance and refer you to our previous State Department Bulletin (NCO:13788) in which we had stated that this remains an internal action."

SOURCE: Descent Into Hell

Is bush refusing assistance kindly offered by the leaders of France and other countries who REFUSED TO FOLLOW HIM into this crazy war in Iraq just his SPOILED BRAT re action?
Thumbing his nose at help for the residents of Louisiana & Mississippi while they are waiting with no food and clean water is not what I'd call a mature way to deal with this catastrophe.
If those "Folks" were white republicans instead of black poverty level democrats would they have had to wait 5 days for water to drink?

Here's a little more of the "Descent into Hell" article:

This morning remains one of the most critical times in the history of these once great people in America. Only through such unprecedented cataclysms such as they are currently experiencing are they able to break through the lies and distortions of their Military Leaders and Propaganda Media Organs to see, even glimpse, the wholesale lies they are told in order to keep them in a pacified state.

But sadly, and as the events of September 11, 2001 clearly show, the mass of these Americans are willing to believe any and all lies they are told, no matter how absurd, as long as they can be left with the illusion that their lives today will continue into their tomorrows. How sad it is for them to see their world in these terms, but it remains a fact that this is indeed the only way they can cope with a world disintegrating around them.

None of left winged libs are suprised about Bushco incompency. Its just a further extension of what we have seen since 2000. Its just still amazing that all the right wingers still think he is the best president since Ronald Regan. It just goes to show you that you can fool enough people enough of the time to stay in office. You've got to remember he's a lame duck president, why should he give a f*** about what his poll numbers are. He can go back to Crawford in 3 years. The issue is are we going to stand by and let that happen or are we going to do something about it? IMPEACH NOW!!!

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