Thursday, March 02, 2006

Bush Lied - People Died

Bush has been caught on tape lying - not about a meaningless encounter in a closet of the Oval Office, but about his role in the deaths of 1400+ American citizens.

The day before Hurricane Katrina forever altered our nation's physical and moral landscape, Incurious George interrupted one of his countless vacations to sit through a briefing on the storm. And sit through it, he did, without asking for a single clarification or asking a single question. Given his passion for clearing brush, one wonders if his mind was wandering to the anticipation of clearing brush, or if he was basking in a post-brush-clearing after-glow.

Regardless, here's what he had to say to the state officials his administration later blamed for lack of preparedness: "I want to assure the folks at the state level that, uhhh, we are fully prepared to not only help you during the storm but we will move in whatever resources and assets at our disposal after the storm to help you deal with, uhh, with the loss of property and we pray for no loss of life, of course." He was lying. Lying. He was not fully prepared, yet he offered false reassurance to people in harms way. He has blood on his hands.

Here it is, six months after the event, and we are just now learning more about the depths of Incurious George's incompetence and inattention to the welfare of common
American citizens. We see the same behavior in Port-gate. We see the same behavior in the planning for the invasion of Iraq. We see the same behavior in pre 9-11 terror investigation.

If his lying and incompetence were an isolated event, and the obliteration of New Orleans was simply a momentary lapse, it would be tempting to forgive him and his supporters. Heck, the right wing couldn't forgive a man who tried to keep a blowjob secret from his wife and the American public, but the left wing is more generous than that. If we could get away with the only damage to our country resulting from this presidency being 1400+ Americans dead and the devastation of one major American city, we'd probably consider that to be a pretty good result. Unfortunately, we have almost 3 years left with this lying, incompetent, corrupt administration. God save us.


Anonymous pat said...

Hear, hear. We can only hope there's a country left by the time 2008 rolls around. Assuming we're still allowed to have elections then.

A paranoid person could make a case that Bush & Co. are actually agents of Iran's worst hardliners. Look at what we've got: Saddam's behind bars (punishment for the Iran invasion of the 1980s), a Shia theocracy (with close ties to their Iranian brethren) has most of the power in the Iraqi government, the American military is stretched too thin to make military action credible, Iraq's oil output isn't even sufficient for its own needs (making everyone that much more dependent on Iranian oil).... There's almost no way to stop the Iranians from acquiring a nuclear bomb now. Except for bombing, which is unlikely to be effective and would most likely convince what little of the world doesn't hate us now that we deserve whatever we get. Good job, guys! Masterfully done.

3/05/2006 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Rhymes With Right said...

The only problem with your little rant is that AP now admits that it lied, NOT George W. Bush.

Bush was warned about the levees being "topped -- that is, an overflow like what would happen in that I filled a bathtub and then ploped my self down into it without giving the excess water time to go through the overflow drain. Breaching, on the other hand, is what would happen if the side of the bathtub dissolved while filled with water. So you see, he was correct in what he said -- having understood the briefing far better than the reporters and editors of AP and your average retarded spouter of Democrat talking points.

And as far as his failure to ask questions -- that could indicate that the man actually understood what he was being told and was LISTENING TO THE BRIEFING. After all, the man does have a bachelors degree from YALE (with higher grades than the "intellectual" John Kerry) and an MBA from HARVARD. As such, he may simply be smarter than you are and therefore not in need of having basic points clarified.

Besides, if he had asked all the questions you think he should have been asking, you would instead be spewing the opposite talking point -- "See, Bush isn't even capable of understanding his own briefings -- that's why he has to ask such obvious questions."

3/05/2006 8:46 PM  
Anonymous Rhymes With Right said...

Pat -- I suspect Howard Dean & Co. will be proposing such crap before too long.

One need not be insane to be a Democrat -- but it helps.

3/05/2006 9:03 PM  
Blogger Dan said...


I hoped someone on the right would be silly enough to make your argument, and I kind of figured it would be you.

Now tell me, your distinction makes a difference why?

3/05/2006 10:30 PM  
Anonymous Rhymes With Right said...

Let's see -- quantity of water, degree of devastation, ease of fixing the problem,....

You see, Dan, in the event of topping, the quantity of water involved is several orders of magnitude smaller than in a breach, and so less area is flooded and less damage done.

It is the difference between me dropping a 5 gallon bucket of watter and breaking out the side of my old 250 gallon aquarium.

To use a different element to make my example, it is the difference between snuffing out a grease fire on the stove and containing a fire in which the entire structure is involved.

In other words, how you respond and what you prepare for are very different.

Surely you are bright enough to see the difference -- even though your intellectual credentials are significantly less than those possessed by the president.

3/06/2006 3:31 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

RWR - Wrong again.

Do you know what happens when a levee is topped? It washes out the other side and the whole thing collapses. Having lived in Missouri and assisted with relief efforts in the Great Floods of '93, I know that topping of levees is more like tipping your aquarium over than spilling a little water from the top.

I don't agree with your assesmment of my intellectual credentials, but I don't see what that has to do with this issue.

3/07/2006 6:05 AM  
Anonymous Rhymes With Right said...

And having been on the Illinois side of the Mississippi during those 1993 floods, I recognize that there is degradation of the levee, but not a collapes unless the levee is totally saturated or the topping continues in a sustained manner.

3/07/2006 10:48 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

He was warned of flooding and casualties, and that this could be the "big one", and he promised he was ready.

3/08/2006 7:24 AM  
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