You know, it’s easy to bash Bush for his actions (or non-actions) regarding the New Orleans aid situation just because he’s a Republican. I think it’s entirely possible for a President of any party to fuck this up, because humans make mistakes…but there’s something about Bush’s interests, priorities, and even upbringing which make this a special case to me. The scale of his negligence in the face of thousands of dead citizens is appalling and despicable, not to mention his disgusting photo-ops and speeches which seem more like an afterthought than a sincere attempt to console survivors of a region which is now destroyed. In a recent AP story about how Bush and Congress are going to investigate what went wrong (nothing will come of it), the following quote just floored me:
“What I intend to do is lead an investigation to find out what went right and what went wrong,” Bush said. “We still live in an unsettled world. We want to make sure we can respond properly if there is a WMD (weapons of mass destruction) attack or another major storm.”
WMDs? What?? When did those enter the picture? Oh, I see…you have to keep mentioning them to remind us all why you’ve got most of our armed forces fighting your bullshit war instead of helping your own citizens survive. Besides, which is more likely: a WMD attack or another hurricane? At least we have proof of the hurricanes. Fucking nitwit.
Also, thank ye gods that we have ass-kicking blogs like Daily Kos around to scour the media and provide us with the best examples of what is going wrong with this situation, and who is to blame. I wish I had the time and energy to do the same, but that’s why I leave this stuff to the pros! Especially damning are the following entries, which absolutely make my blood boil: