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After Katrina Fiasco, Time for Bush to Go


Published on Thursday, September 8, 2005 by the Baltimore Sun
Via CommonDreams.com
by Gordon Adams

The disastrous federal response to Katrina exposes a record of incompetence, misjudgment and ideological blinders that should lead to serious doubts that the Bush administration should be allowed to continue in office.
When taxpayers have raised, borrowed and spent $40 billion to $50 billion a year for the past four years for homeland security but the officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency cannot find their own hands in broad daylight for four days while New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast swelter, drown and die, it is time for them to go.

When funding for water works and levees in the gulf region is repeatedly cut by an administration that seems determined to undermine the public responsibility for infrastructure in America, despite clear warnings that the infrastructure could not survive a major storm, it seems clear someone is playing politics with the public trust.

When rescue and medical squads are sitting in Manassas and elsewhere in northern Virginia and foreign assistance waits at airports because the government can't figure out how to insure the workers, how to use the assistance or which jurisdiction should be in charge, it is time for the administration to leave town.

When President Bush stays on vacation and attends social functions for two days in the face of disaster before finally understanding that people are starving, crying out and dying, it is time for him to go.

When FEMA officials cannot figure out that there are thousands stranded at the New Orleans convention center - where people died and were starving - and fussed ineffectively about the same problems in the Superdome, they should be fired, not praised, as the president praised FEMA Director Michael Brown in New Orleans last week.

When Mr. Bush states publicly that "nobody could anticipate a breach of the levee" while New Orleans journalists, Scientific American, National Geographic, academic researchers and Louisiana politicians had been doing precisely that for decades, right up through last year and even as Hurricane Katrina passed over, he should be laughed out of town as an impostor.

When repeated studies of New Orleans make it clear that tens of thousands of people would be unable to evacuate the city in case of a flood, lacking both money and transportation, but FEMA makes no effort before the storm to commandeer buses and move them to safety, it is time for someone to be given his walking papers.

When the president makes Sen. Trent Lott's house in Pascagoula, Miss., the poster child for rebuilding while hundreds of thousands are bereft of housing, jobs, electricity and security, he betrays a careless insensitivity that should banish him from office.

When the president of the United States points the finger away from the lame response of his administration to Katrina and tries to finger local officials in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La., as the culprits, he betrays the unwillingness of this administration to speak truth and hold itself accountable. As in the case of the miserable execution of policy in Iraq, Mr. Bush and Karl Rove always have some excuse for failure other than their own misjudgments.

We have a president who is apparently ill-informed, lackadaisical and narrow-minded, surrounded by oil baron cronies, religious fundamentalist crazies and right-wing extremists and ideologues. He has appointed officials who give incompetence new meaning, who replace the positive role of government with expensive baloney.

They rode into office in a highly contested election, spouting a message of bipartisanship but determined to undermine the federal government in every way but defense (and, after 9/11, one presumed, homeland security). One with Grover Norquist, they were determined to shrink Washington until it was "small enough to drown in a bathtub." Katrina has stripped the veil from this mean-spirited strategy, exposing the greed, mindlessness and sheer profiteering behind it.

It is time to hold them accountable - this ugly, troglodyte crowd of Capital Beltway insiders, rich lawyers, ideologues, incompetents and their strap-hangers should be tarred, feathered and ridden gracefully and mindfully out of Washington and returned to their caves, clubs in hand.

Gordon Adams, director of security policy studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, was senior White House budget official for national security in the Clinton administration.

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Bushflop!!! It sure the hell is.

Wow, that is very good. Well said. My sentiments exactly!!!

Mind if I copy this and send it to my local paper and radio?

Thanks for putting into words what I could not yet do. It's very much appreciated.

StT

This article should be published in every newspaper in the US and around the world.

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/fema.html

-- IF YOU NOTICE THE LOCATION (HAS PHOTOS) OF THE CAMP AND THE RULES OF CAN NOT LEAVE FOR FIVE MONTHS...Thanks to "HOMELAND SECURITY" rules over FEMA.........this is how Americans are protected from REBUILDING THEIR LIVES!

....."The foods I had purchased were mainly snacks, but my mother - God bless her soul - had gone all out with fresh vegetables, fruits, canned goods, breakfast cereals, rice, and pancake fixings. That's when we got the next message: They will not be able to use the kitchen.

Excuse me? I asked incredulously.

FEMA will not allow any of the kitchen facilities in any of the cabins to be used by the occupants due to fire hazards. FEMA will deliver meals to the cabins. The refugees will be given two meals per day by FEMA. They will not be able to cook. In fact, the "host" goes on to explain, some churches had already enquired about whether they could come in on weekends and fix meals for the people staying in their cabin. FEMA won't allow it because there could be a situation where one cabin gets steaks and another gets hot dogs - and...it could cause a riot.

It gets worse.

He then precedes to tell us that some churches had already enquired into whether they could send a van or bus on Sundays to pick up any occupants of their cabins who might be interested in attending church. FEMA will not allow this. The occupants of the camp cannot leave the camp for any reason. If they leave the camp they may never return. They will be issued FEMA identification cards and "a sum of money" and they will remain within the camp for the next 5 months..... "FIVE MONTHS, FIVE LONG MONTHS. . .IN THE MIDDLE OF NO WHERE UNDER GUARD.

FIRE THIS GOVERNMENT!

Lets set-up committees to investigate ourselves the Republican's say. As of Yesterday, Harry Reid said he was NOT contacted for this so called bi-partisan committee! How many of us would get to be judge and jury on our own acts of irresponsibility? The other remark"We'll talk about it later", we are too busy now, where have we heard that before. Maybe from Pat Robert's broken promise to investigate the Bush Administrations fault in 9/11 or in PlameGate.

THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION-MASTERS OF THE COVER-UP “HERE

The pathetic pace of rescue operations following the Katrina disaster is almost beyond belief. One recent report indicates that a Canadian search-and-rescue team from Vancouver, nearly 2,200 miles away, reached a flooded New Orleans suburb to help save trapped residents five days before the U.S. military. "They chartered a plane and flew down," Louisiana state senator Walter Boasso said.

Disrupted communications (jamming?), withholding and outright blockages of aid, and other observations are also fueling concerns beyond mere incompetence. There is growing speculation that much of the U.S. federal response was seen by administration officials more as a "practice run" for port city takeover and propery protection tactics than as a rescue operation. In that context, undermining local preparedness and state control is seen as a pretext for inserting the military into domestic affairs and the concentration camp approach (mentioned here below) would fit that overall picture quite nicely.

If you really believe we are on the verge of fascist rule, you should get out of the country immediately - it's already too late. Even Albert Einstein had the good sense to flee Germany in 1936. As for me, my right to bear arms has enabled me to fend for myself.

They ain't gonna bother about a retired old fuddy-duddy like me in my wilderness retreat, miles from nowhere. Besides, I own a weapon or two myself, if I can just find my eyeglasses in time. Hopefully, the dawgs will slow 'em down for a minute or two. :^)

Just reported the above as speculation at this stage, BTW. I expect others will assess the facts and make their own individual judgements about credibility.

WHEN IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS

IT BECOMES NECESSARY for the PEOPLE of the United States

TO ALTER or ABOLISH the United States Government

( As it exists in the year 2001 / 02 / 03 / 04 / 05 / 06 )

Using the Authority, Law, and Intentions of the Constitution

and the Declaration of Independence.

And Now the People Step Forward

and Charge High Treason,

and Show that Democracy in its roots today,

is Corrupt.

And that the Constitution has been Altered

and Betrayed in Favor of

A Small Group of Millionaires,

Over Another...

the Governed,

the People of the United States.

And that the Election Process is UN-fair

and has been Overwhelmed and Monopolized

by Millionaires

and their millions of dollars,

In a large part acquired while in office

or with insider information

after being in office.

And the United States Government is Manipulated

by Corporations and their CEOs,

all led by the Bush Family,

Millionaire Class,

Conspiracy.

A CONSPIRACY, CONNECTING THE MULTIMILLIONAIRES,

ONE WITH ANOTHER
.

Continue Reading @

http://www.RogerART.com

Scroll Down till U C Yellow Link 2

( Re-Written ) DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE

Thank, U Roger Drowne EC

The pathetic pace of rescue operations following the Katrina disaster is almost beyond belief. One recent report indicates that a Canadian search-and-rescue team from Vancouver, nearly 2,200 miles away, reached a flooded New Orleans suburb to help save trapped residents five days before the U.S. military. "They chartered a plane and flew down," Louisiana state senator Walter Boasso said.

Disrupted communications (offshore jamming?), withholding and outright blockages of aid, and other observations are also fueling concerns beyond mere incompetence. There is growing speculation that much of the U.S. federal response was seen by administration officials more as a "practice run" for port city takeover and propery protection tactics than as a rescue operation. In that context, undermining local preparedness and state control is seen as a pretext for inserting the military into domestic affairs and the concentration camp approach (mentioned here below) would fit that overall picture quite nicely.

The Psychological Aftermath of Katrina
by CAROL NORRIS
Articles are starting to appear about how some Katrina refugees are being arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct in the Astrodome and in various shelters. The articles mention this fact as if it were happening in a vacuum, as if the last horrible days were not an inextricable backdrop to this behavior.

Read more...

Someone suggested New Orleans' new name should be LAKE GEORGE, and all the victim re-location areas be called BUSHVILLE. Works for me. That should be a price-less addition to the Bush legacy.

the conservatives that support this policy are the same ones that shove pictures of dead fetuses in your face.

You correctly point out the irony...They only want the poor to be their soldiers to go fight other countries for their rescources. Not really pro life, only want enough poor people to be their soldiers...

"The army's better than what they're used to."

Excellent point!!!

Let hear everyone sing....

"Haliburtion's coming to town!"

President Bush as well as other members of the government should be fired because it seems that they could care less about us americans. What really angers me is the fact that the american people do not fire them WE ARE there BOSSES, If the Fema Director, president, vice president, etc are not doing there jobs, we the american citizens have to fire them. How long will it take for americans to figure that out? Maybe when the economy is destroyed, and everything else has crashed down on us, maybe we will get the hint? We cannot wait until 08 when he is scheduled to leave. It will be to late!

To: U.S. Congress

PETITION TO IMPEACH AND REMOVE GEORGE WALKER BUSH

  • America is in Peril: A New Declaration!
  • America is in peril. We are in peril from within the confines of our own unawareness of the presiding and overwhelming facts. The fact that We the People, of These United States, have allowed a totalitarian, theocratic dictator, George Walker Bush, to criminally, illegally and unconstitutionally hijack our country and its highest office, desecrate our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence at their most basic and indisputable purposes, is inconceivable and intolerable .

    These doctrines were written and adopted as the supreme law of the land and as such that; no one can deny you life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness without due process. These are your unalienable, constitutionally protected rights. The Constitution of the United States clearly outlines the activities, that We the People have granted privilege to the government, that we elect to embody us, and to implement on our behalf. The government is preordained to be for the people, of the people and by the people to secure these rights and the government obtains its powers from the permission of the people.

    Now, we have a traitorous imposter, George Walker Bush, occupying the highest elected office in the land, serving only the rich at the expense of the middle class and poor. This is so glaringly exhibited in New Orleans and all those that suffered needlessly in the grisly devastation of hurricane Katrina. The lack of response time, preparation, cutting of funds to secure the levees and programs such as FEMA, complete disregard of human life; evident by the days that past before appropriate and sufficient help began to arrived. Even more glaring was the absence of our President for several days, who had sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution, to preserve and protect our rights to life and liberty. He has unswervingly demonstrated his total lack of compassion and desire to serve the common welfare and the good of the people he swore to defend.

    These most recent and heinous acts, coupled with the mountain of lies that have been told by George Walker Bush and his entire administration, the illegal, preemptive war in Iraq over control of oil fields and not the defense of our nation, the reduction of and elimination of necessary and binding governmental programs for the people, the now tens of thousands of senseless deaths, within our homeland and in Iraq, unwaveringly speaks of the irrefutable dereliction of duty, as President of the United States, he has committed.

    The office of the presidency, at its highest form, is to uphold and to faithfully preserve, protect and defend the irrevocable rights of the people that elected him to that office. George Walker Bush has not only failed to defend and preserve these rights, but has used and construed the Constitution perversely to exhort, oppress, embezzle and shamelessly lie to the American citizens, its elected Congress and Senate and the world, for all to see.

    We, as a nation, as a people, have rights under the supreme laws of our land, to abolish and institute a new government, if the current government is destructive or corrupt and has failed the people it has garnered privilege to, in representation and defense of our rights and our nation.

    To these unquestionable truths, whereas we submit that, George Walker Bush is criminally negligent in these treacherous acts against these United States, its people and the country of Iraq. He has failed to execute the office of the Presidency faithfully, committed treason by lying and bringing unnecessary war to bear on our country, failed to adequately preserve the lives and liberty of those thrust into war and those devastated by hurricane Katrina in the gulf coast States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. He has passed unconstitutional acts, such as the Patriot Act that impedes the civil liberties granted by the United States of American and deliberately, with malice and prejudice, colluded to create an imperialist regime, to overthrow sovereign nations under false pretenses, all in a coordinated, coerced effort to monopolize the world wide oil industry for personal and preferential gain.

    It is therefore, without reservation, that We the People of these United States seeking redresses shall request and demand that George Walker Bush, by the above stated unfathomable grievances and actions, warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office of the President of these United States of America.

    Sincerely,

    (The Undersigned)

    Sign the Impeachment Petition Here:

    REMOVE GEORGE WALKER BUSH
    http://www.petitiononline.com/rembus66/petition.html

    To: U.S. Congress

    PETITION TO IMPEACH AND REMOVE GEORGE WALKER BUSH

  • America is in Peril: A New Declaration!
  • America is in peril. We are in peril from within the confines of our own unawareness of the presiding and overwhelming facts. The fact that We the People, of These United States, have allowed a totalitarian, theocratic dictator, George Walker Bush, to criminally, illegally and unconstitutionally hijack our country and its highest office, desecrate our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence at their most basic and indisputable purposes, is inconceivable and intolerable .

    These doctrines were written and adopted as the supreme law of the land and as such that; no one can deny you life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness without due process. These are your unalienable, constitutionally protected rights. The Constitution of the United States clearly outlines the activities, that We the People have granted privilege to the government, that we elect to embody us, and to implement on our behalf. The government is preordained to be for the people, of the people and by the people to secure these rights and the government obtains its powers from the permission of the people.

    Now, we have a traitorous imposter, George Walker Bush, occupying the highest elected office in the land, serving only the rich at the expense of the middle class and poor. This is so glaringly exhibited in New Orleans and all those that suffered needlessly in the grisly devastation of hurricane Katrina. The lack of response time, preparation, cutting of funds to secure the levees and programs such as FEMA, complete disregard of human life; evident by the days that past before appropriate and sufficient help began to arrived. Even more glaring was the absence of our President for several days, who had sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution, to preserve and protect our rights to life and liberty. He has unswervingly demonstrated his total lack of compassion and desire to serve the common welfare and the good of the people he swore to defend.

    These most recent and heinous acts, coupled with the mountain of lies that have been told by George Walker Bush and his entire administration, the illegal, preemptive war in Iraq over control of oil fields and not the defense of our nation, the reduction of and elimination of necessary and binding governmental programs for the people, the now tens of thousands of senseless deaths, within our homeland and in Iraq, unwaveringly speaks of the irrefutable dereliction of duty, as President of the United States, he has committed.

    The office of the presidency, at its highest form, is to uphold and to faithfully preserve, protect and defend the irrevocable rights of the people that elected him to that office. George Walker Bush has not only failed to defend and preserve these rights, but has used and construed the Constitution perversely to exhort, oppress, embezzle and shamelessly lie to the American citizens, its elected Congress and Senate and the world, for all to see.

    We, as a nation, as a people, have rights under the supreme laws of our land, to abolish and institute a new government, if the current government is destructive or corrupt and has failed the people it has garnered privilege to, in representation and defense of our rights and our nation.

    To these unquestionable truths, whereas we submit that, George Walker Bush is criminally negligent in these treacherous acts against these United States, its people and the country of Iraq. He has failed to execute the office of the Presidency faithfully, committed treason by lying and bringing unnecessary war to bear on our country, failed to adequately preserve the lives and liberty of those thrust into war and those devastated by hurricane Katrina in the gulf coast States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. He has passed unconstitutional acts, such as the Patriot Act that impedes the civil liberties granted by the United States of American and deliberately, with malice and prejudice, colluded to create an imperialist regime, to overthrow sovereign nations under false pretenses, all in a coordinated, coerced effort to monopolize the world wide oil industry for personal and preferential gain.

    It is therefore, without reservation, that We the People of these United States seeking redresses shall request and demand that George Walker Bush, by the above stated unfathomable grievances and actions, warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office of the President of these United States of America.

    Sincerely,

    (The Undersigned)

    Sign the Impeachment Petition Here:

    REMOVE GEORGE WALKER BUSH
    http://www.petitiononline.com/rembus66/petition.html

    To: U.S. Congress

    PETITION TO IMPEACH AND REMOVE GEORGE WALKER BUSH

  • America is in Peril: A New Declaration!
  • America is in peril. We are in peril from within the confines of our own unawareness of the presiding and overwhelming facts. The fact that We the People, of These United States, have allowed a totalitarian, theocratic dictator, George Walker Bush, to criminally, illegally and unconstitutionally hijack our country and its highest office, desecrate our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence at their most basic and indisputable purposes, is inconceivable and intolerable .

    These doctrines were written and adopted as the supreme law of the land and as such that; no one can deny you life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness without due process. These are your unalienable, constitutionally protected rights. The Constitution of the United States clearly outlines the activities, that We the People have granted privilege to the government, that we elect to embody us, and to implement on our behalf. The government is preordained to be for the people, of the people and by the people to secure these rights and the government obtains its powers from the permission of the people.

    Now, we have a traitorous imposter, George Walker Bush, occupying the highest elected office in the land, serving only the rich at the expense of the middle class and poor. This is so glaringly exhibited in New Orleans and all those that suffered needlessly in the grisly devastation of hurricane Katrina. The lack of response time, preparation, cutting of funds to secure the levees and programs such as FEMA, complete disregard of human life; evident by the days that past before appropriate and sufficient help began to arrived. Even more glaring was the absence of our President for several days, who had sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution, to preserve and protect our rights to life and liberty. He has unswervingly demonstrated his total lack of compassion and desire to serve the common welfare and the good of the people he swore to defend.

    These most recent and heinous acts, coupled with the mountain of lies that have been told by George Walker Bush and his entire administration, the illegal, preemptive war in Iraq over control of oil fields and not the defense of our nation, the reduction of and elimination of necessary and binding governmental programs for the people, the now tens of thousands of senseless deaths, within our homeland and in Iraq, unwaveringly speaks of the irrefutable dereliction of duty, as President of the United States, he has committed.

    The office of the presidency, at its highest form, is to uphold and to faithfully preserve, protect and defend the irrevocable rights of the people that elected him to that office. George Walker Bush has not only failed to defend and preserve these rights, but has used and construed the Constitution perversely to exhort, oppress, embezzle and shamelessly lie to the American citizens, its elected Congress and Senate and the world, for all to see.

    We, as a nation, as a people, have rights under the supreme laws of our land, to abolish and institute a new government, if the current government is destructive or corrupt and has failed the people it has garnered privilege to, in representation and defense of our rights and our nation.

    To these unquestionable truths, whereas we submit that, George Walker Bush is criminally negligent in these treacherous acts against these United States, its people and the country of Iraq. He has failed to execute the office of the Presidency faithfully, committed treason by lying and bringing unnecessary war to bear on our country, failed to adequately preserve the lives and liberty of those thrust into war and those devastated by hurricane Katrina in the gulf coast States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. He has passed unconstitutional acts, such as the Patriot Act that impedes the civil liberties granted by the United States of American and deliberately, with malice and prejudice, colluded to create an imperialist regime, to overthrow sovereign nations under false pretenses, all in a coordinated, coerced effort to monopolize the world wide oil industry for personal and preferential gain.

    It is therefore, without reservation, that We the People of these United States seeking redresses shall request and demand that George Walker Bush, by the above stated unfathomable grievances and actions, warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office of the President of these United States of America.

    Sincerely,

    (The Undersigned)

    Sign the Impeachment Petition Here:

    REMOVE GEORGE WALKER BUSH
    http://www.petitiononline.com/rembus66/petition.html

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