Chris's Rants

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Riddle me this, Batman

Bush said yesterday, in his press conference, that the DHS is shipping 5.4 million MREs and 13.4 million liters of water to the affected areas along the gulf shores. If there are over a million displaced citizens, that amounts to ~two days rations for each person. So, assuming that the food arrives today or tomorrow, what are the refugees to do on day three after their ration of MREs are exhausted? The water might last them a little longer, and if they restrict their food intake to one MRE per day, that might get them to four or five days rations.

They've been without food and water for three days. The food and water promised by the president is "on its way" (everything that Bush said in his speech yesterday was future tense).

Does that sound like an effective response to you? That the federal government hasn't thought beyond three or four days for these poor people?

There's a word for this. It is incompetence. Nero Bush sat comfortably on his "ranch" for two days after the dimensions of the tragedy began to unfold before our eyes before responding. What, did he expect? That simply declaring a federal disaster was going to be enough of a response?

Here's our fearless leader on GMA this morning:
I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees
Excuse me? He doesn't think anyone anticipated a breach of the levees? Is he joking? If he's serious, then he is so far out of touch with reality it simply isn't funny. There was news coverage of the potential that the city of New Orleans would be flooded because the storm surge would overrun the levees starting Saturday/Sunday when the storm was upgraded to category 5. Was no one in the administration paying attention?

Mr. President, apparently everyone but you and your administration was anticipating a breach of the levees. Why does this disaster come as such a surprise? The state, local and federal government has considered this scenario one of the highest probability for years if not decades. For that matter, let's assume that the levees were not breached, and the city of New Orleans not flooded, does that in any way excuse the fact that it has taken two days for any substantial aide to arrive to the areas unaffected by the flooding?

Seriously... you have completely botched this whole exercise.

You have been exposed for your utter incompetence as president to do anything but run a marketing campaign. You are a fraud. You are a coward. You are a bully. It is clear that you don't take your responsibilities seriously.


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