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A "temporary disruption" ?

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Rescue effort falls short

By Paul Reynolds
World Affairs correspondent, BBC News website

[quote]In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it was obvious that the disaster would be as big a test for the US as the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001.

Now, amid scenes of chaos in New Orleans and with an SOS cry from the mayor, one has to conclude that the first test - that of bringing aid to the distressed - has not been passed.

And before that, for whatever reason - whether lack of transport or lack of will to leave among the poorest - tens of thousands were not evacuated. Mayor Ray Nagin himself, who made a good call by ordering the evacuation, has questions to answer as to why it was not more effective.

It was not as if New Orleans did not know the potential. It has lived with and suffe
red from hurricanes throughout its existence.

In Cuba, by contrast, hurricane evacuations are carried out under orders. A free society finds that hard to do, but then should be prepared to act and explain when something goes wrong.

Help has clearly been inadequate.

It will pick up as organisation kicks in, but it has come too late to prevent the breakdown of order among those least able to cope.


The rest of the world is watching and sees a great power struggling. Add that to its troubles in Iraq, and you have the enemies and critics of the US taking some pleasure in seeing it suffer.

President Bush made a promising start by returning to Washington and declaring that in Hurricane Katrina, "we are dealing with one of the worst natural disasters in our nation's history".

But even then some of his supporters, like columnist Peggy Noonan, were concerned that the federal government was a bit slow off the mark. She wrote
in the Wall Street Journal: "More was needed in terms of sending a US military presence into New Orleans."

She asked about Mr Bush: "Does he understand that what has happened in our Gulf is as important as what is happening in the other Gulf?"

Mr Bush has since called the hurricane "a temporary disruption".

That was an off-the-cuff remark which his speechwriters, always so careful to try to reach for a phrase which meets the needs of the moment, must have groaned at.

In these situations, language provides leadership and the words "temporary disruption" would not have come from the lips of a Kennedy or a Reagan. [/quote]

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Vacation is Over...

Post by admin » Fri Sep 02, 2005 10:43 am

From Michael Moore

Vacation is Over...
An open letter from Michael Moore to George W. Bush

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Dear Mr. Bush:

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.

Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?

Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nas
ty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!

I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?

And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway b
ecause you had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!

On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.

There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.

No, Mr. Bush, you just stay t
he course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!

You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.


Michael Moore

P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way. Maybe you can catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.

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