Monday, September 05, 2005

Another View: From the BBC: Bush Begged for a Mandatory Evacuation

If anyone can get a confirmation of this, that would be interesting, to say the least.

Places much more blame on the state and local authorities. An outcome of WH spin? Or is WH spin actually not spin for once?

Plenty of room for Federal incompetence in this analysis -- FEMA and HS above all.

See what y'all can dig up.

Thanks!

3 Thoughts:

Blogger Doug said...

Well, has anyone seen any confirmation of this, or is Paul Reynolds of the BBC "on the take" from Rove, et al?

Tuesday, September 06, 2005 10:14:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

I think this actually happened, in which case, Bush's response needs to be ratcheted up a notch, and Nagin's down quite a few notches.

AP story from 8/28. The source is still the governor in both stories -- the BBC story probably emanates from this press conference, if not from this wire-service article.

Who knows who is jockeying for position among the levels of government, but one thing is clear: Nagin should have ordered a mandatory evacuation long before he did.

Another thing that's clear is that this country is totally unprepared for any kind of disaster, natural or manmade, nearly four years after 9/11.

I would say that's a federal responsibility, ultimately. Or lack thereof.

We'll have another investigation, but I actually think sometime soon is when another terror attack will occur in the US. We're stretched quite thin.

However, if Bin Ladin (or whomever) is actually smart, they won't attack us when we're down...unless they want to galvanize us behind Bush, whose policies have been such a boon to them.

Arrrrrgh. What a mess.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

See above -- McClellan wouldn't confirm this during the WH press briefing yesterday. First answer: dodge; second answer: "Let me look into that."

Pull the fucking phone records!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005 10:21:00 AM  

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