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For the 'Excuse President,' the best defense is a good offense

September 04, 2005
For the 'Excuse President,' the best defense is a good offense
Posted 2:46 pm |The Carpetbagger Report

At the end of the day, the Bush gang only knows how to run one play: shun responsibility and blame someone else. It's about the only thing the administration seems to do well.

Initially, the blame for the crisis in New Orleans was placed on the local citizens who didn't have the resources to leave. Then, the blame shifted half-heartedly to the media, as evidenced by Trent Lott's claim the other day that the federal government has responded well to the disaster, but people are being misled by reporters who only want to focus on the negative.

Today, a new target emerged: blame state and local officials.

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."

For the record, when a Bush aide told the Post that Blanco still had not declared a state of emergency, he or she was lying. As Kevin Drum noted, Blanco declared a state-level state of emergency on August 26, asked Bush to declare a federal state of emergency a day later, which the president did. Three days later, Hurricane Katrina arrived.

There are, it seems to me, two things to consider. The first is the genuinely shameful attempt by the White House to lash out at others in desperation, including demonstrably false claims. It's a bizarre message they've spun for themselves: this is no time for finger pointing, but have you noticed how much better we are than those local folks?

The second is the tack Bush has always taken, even as governor: the buck always stops elsewhere. Briefly during the presidential campaign, John Kerry referred to Bush's first term as the "Excuse Presidency." It didn't catch on as a campaign catch-phrase, but it accurately summarized so much of Bush's first term.

Slow economy? It's Enron's fault. No WMD in Iraq? It's the intelligence community's fault. Job losses? Clinton's fault. Record deficits? Osama bin Laden's fault. Health care crisis? Trial lawyers' fault. Frayed international alliances? France's fault.

Nothing's changed. The hurricane crisis offered Bush yet another opportunity to shoulder some responsibility and lead. I'm convinced he simply doesn't know how. As a result, we hear blame assigned to poverty-stricken families in New Orleans … and the media … and local officials.

It's beyond shameful.



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its true, bush is to blame. i didn't see him on the levee!!! Even Sean Penn was down there, hero and saviour. He was pulling bodies from attics, children from watery graves. with seans trmendous financial backing he managed to get a john boat and save thousands alone, perhaps hundreds. Ok a dozen, all right. He picked up three people and brought them to the only working bar in the french quarter.

But he inspired us. And Nagin, look what did, single handildy he cried on TV, screamed and pouted peolpe into action.

Blanco the same

These are our exemplars and they panned it well. Only by allowing thousands to die have these two democratic heavy weights been able to bring attention to their poor blighted state.

Yes I say to them. You were right to let them die Nagin and Blanco.

We on the forefront must let thousands if not millions more die to further our cause.

You're a sick twisted shit.

From correspondents in New Orleans

EFFORTS by Hollywood actor Sean Penn to aid New Orleans victims stranded by Hurricane Katrina foundered badly overnight, when the boat he was piloting to launch a rescue attempt sprang a leak.

Penn had planned to rescue children waylaid by Katrina's flood waters, but apparently forgot to plug a hole in the bottom of the vessel, which began taking water within seconds of its launch.

The actor, known for his political activism, was seen wearing what appeared to be a white flak jacket and frantically bailing water out of the sinking vessel with a red plastic cup.

When the boat's motor failed to start, those aboard were forced to use paddles to propel themselves down the flooded New Orleans street.

Asked what he had hoped to achieve in the waterlogged city, the actor replied: "Whatever I can do to help."

With the boat loaded with members of Penn's entourage, including a personal photographer, one bystander taunted the actor: "How are you going to get any people in that thing?",5478,16494464%5E170...

My, my, Captain Courageous himself!
Notice how clean the clothes are?

Note: As is common practice, the boat's drainplug and motor are stamped with the name of their manufacturer - K. Rove&Co.

As the finger pointing begins and the Bush crew spins out damage control the blame is being shifted to the local government of the hurricane ravaged area. Missing from this debate so far is the fact that it is absurd to expect the local athorities to do ANYTHING! They are the ones who's infrastructure was DESTROYED. How are they supposed to respond with no infrastructure to respond with? That is the duty of the undamaged areas of the nation, headed and coordinated by the federal government. By definition of the crisis at hand it is the local governments in need of help. They certainly cannot be blamed for the slow response to this disaster. Please remember to point this out in the ongoing debates to counter the Bush spin machine.

<<<--- BS

The question is, when will Americans exhibit sense enough to hold him and congress responsible for their blatant criminality? The reason Bush gets away with all this shit, is that We the goddamned people set around asking that stupid question? "Why doesn't he take responsibility?" When you are faced with clear evidence of gross incompetence and heinous criminal acts, we the people must hold the guilty accountable and force Congress to do their duty! This is not a joke or a game. We foolishly let them get away with 9/11, swallowed their whole bogus official story hook, line, and sinker! After foolishly accepting a typical congressional whitewash into the matter, we just let them off! This has got to be the stupidest country on earth! Now we have another opportunity to correct our prior mistakes. We have clear evidence of Bush criminal negligence and murder of American citizens. The only difference here and with 9/11 is the media wasn't even in on the operation like last time! So they actually told us the truth until Bush's people got them back under control! So what will it be America? Another phony congressional hearing where the Feds investigate themselves and all of the perpetrators get to play nice in front of the cameras and blame it on others? Or will we finally force congress to do a real independent inquiry and nail the bastards for the criminals and mass murders that they are. Make no mistake about we have to be on the same page on this, no conspiracy theory foolishness, just stick to the facts and you'll see clear evidence that this is murder by the Feds just like 9/11!

Nat'l Guard: Violence Delayed Flood Rescue

A senior National Guard official said Saturday that violence perpetrated by New Orleans' criminal element - not bureaucratic bungling - was responsible for delays in getting help to the city's flood victims.

"Some people asked why didn't we go in sooner," Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, chief, National Guard Bureau, said at a Pentagon briefing hours after returning from New Orleans. "We waited until we had enough force in place to [go in with] an overwhelming force."

"Had we gone in with less force it may have been challenged," Blum said. "Innocents may have been caught in a fight between the Guard military police and those who did not want to be processed or apprehended, and we would put innocents' lives at risk."

Lt. Gen. Blum said the overwhelming invasion force helped keep the operation to retake the city peaceful, especially at flashpoints like the city's convention center, where thousands of refugees gathered.

"Major General Landreneau, yesterday shortly after noon stormed the convention center, for lack of a better term, and there was absolutely no opposition, complete cooperation, and we attribute that to an excellent plan, superbly executed with great military precision," he explained.

"There was no violent resistance, no one injured, no one shot, even though there were [people who were] stabbed, even though there were weapons in the area. There were no soldiers injured and we did not have to fire a shot."

The top military man said that the collapse of the New Orleans police force also complicated rescue efforts.

"No one anticipated the disintegration or the erosion of the civilian police force in New Orleans," he told reporters.

"On a normal day they should have 1,500 paid officers in New Orleans," Gen. Blum said. "And I think the mayor told me they're down to less than 500."

"Once that assessment was made, that the normal 1500 man police force in New Orleans was substantially degraded," he said, "then the requirement became obvious and that's when we started flowing military police into the theater."

Even before the Katrina disaster crippled law enforcement, New Orleans had a crime rate ten times the national average.

In other words, the failure is that of socialism - and on a grand scale at that.

You must learn to differentiate between the administration's spin and actual fact!

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