Monday, September 05, 2005

Hurricane Katrina: The Political Version

I was out of town this past weekend, but not too far away from a TV screen or a computer to not see what was going on concerning the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the resulting political storm. I wanted to present a wrap of what has been said in other blogs and add my own comments.

Charging RINO links to a New York Times piece about how the White House is trying to spin the political fallout from the hurricane and place the blame on local and state officials, who just happen to be Democrats.


Jeff Jarvis over at Buzzmachine is calling for the head of former Arabian Horse Association head-cum-head of FEMA, Mike Brown. He includes a top-notch editorial from the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

TPM Cafe wonders if the Bush Adminstration ignored its own rules regarding the feds role in natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

The Carpetbagger shares a BBC report that Northern Command, or NorthCom, was ready to go and help, but they waited in vain for permission from the President which never came.

None of this looks good for the President. I have a lot to say about this, but the that will come tomorrow, when I'm not as tired.


At 11:31 PM, Blogger Michael Cummins said...

I look forward to reading your thoughts tomorrow.

If it helps at all, I have spent a great deal of sould searching and fact collecting. Here is a long article that I wrote as a primer for myself, really:

There is a Protein Wisdom link near the bottom of the article that stands as an excellent, consecutive follow up.

Anyway, I enjoy your blog and look forward to your thoughts.

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Shay said...

The White House and Republicans are wrong to place sole blame on the state and local governments for the tragedy. However, you fail to point out that Democrats are also wrong to place sole blame on the Bush administration for the tragedy. I see piss-poor planning in advance of the hurricane, which merely exacerbated piss-poor management after the hurricane. Plenty of bipartisan blame here.

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Brian said...

It seems to me that if the feds have no role in disaster relief, as some conservatives have been arguing, then FEMA should be disbanded. In fact, if the feds have no role in disaster relief, then I'd argue the whole Department of Homeland Security ought to be disbanded... since its primary purpose is supposedly disaster prevention (natural and man-made) and relief.


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