The Talking Lion

Friday, September 02, 2005

Wow. You know shit's tough when even Russert is on top of things...

Well is seems Tim Russert has finally removed Li'l George from his mouth (from Atrios):
President George W. Bush said the other day that no one expected the levees to break.

Well, with all respect, study after study, including FEMA's own tabletop exercises last year, all included the breaking or the giving of the levees. Everyone who had studied the issue knew that with a Category 3, 4 or 5 storm, that was a very strong likelihood.

So, again, it’s very difficult in the midst of a crisis for people to be critical, but I have not talked to anybody, underscore anybody, in official Washington who believes the government at any level has done a good job.

Yep. It's very tough to be critical in the midst of a crisis, he's right. However. There never seems to be the "right time" to expect accountability from those who are responsible for the lack of preparedness. The Army Corp of Engineers had to slow any flood protection project around the country because of the war in Iraq and the TAX CUTS! Of course, thousands of National Guard can only watch from across the world their homes and their families wade in water.

It's a shit time. And blaming someone sounds so crass, even when blame's due. But there is time to expect some fucking contrition from these assholes. Not guitar playin' vacations and tennis-n-broadway NYC shopping sprees.

And, yes, it seems like BushCo is in the process of actually doing something about this crisis. That's good; that's their fucking jobs. All this concern is coming a week late. All of this could have been prevented. The levees didn't have to break, Mr. President. You could have made sure of that, sir.

My biggest problem is that their their eyes are as dry as their suits. Although I can't help but chuckle darkly (and weep openly) at how much these warnings as early as 2001 strike me as analogous to the infamous "Bin Laden determined to strike in US" intel memo. Of course, the analogy is complete with how much we did to prepare for this.

UPDATE: Dr. Myers of Pharyngula has a great post about this. It's pretty much what I wrote here. But, he's much cooler.

UPDATE II: Agitprop has specific info on the warnings I mention above.

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