Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Media: Bush knew Katrina was coming!

With the wonders of modern technology today, it is safe to say we all knew that Hurricane Katrina was coming! However, that evil Bushrove McHitlerburtonabramoff still didn't stop that hurricane, and the city of New Orleans was swamped as a result. From NOLA:
As Hurricane Katrina approached the Gulf Coast, President Bush's top disaster agency warned of the likelihood of levee breaches that could leave New Orleans submerged "for weeks or months," a communications blackout that would hamper rescue efforts and "at least 100,000 poverty-stricken people" stranded in the city.

Those remarkably accurate predictions were in a 40-page "Fast Analysis Report" compiled by the Department of Homeland Security on Aug. 28. Documents show that the report was sent by e-mail to the White House Situation Room at 1:47 a.m. on Aug. 29, hours before the deadly storm made landfall.

The report raises an important question: If the highest levels of the government knew the likely impact of Hurricane Katrina, why was the initial response so slow and uncoordinated? That is the focus of a hearing scheduled for today on Capitol Hill by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has been investigating the flawed response to the largest natural disaster in U.S. history.
Bush's front-line disaster agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was predicting the worst.
That's why we have experts, folks. These geniuses (genii?) knew that a city built in a fishbowl, surrounded by levees that were made way-back-when and could not withstand more than a Category 3 hurricane, could possibly get flooded and (to be euphemistic) "negatively impact" the poverty-induced people of New Orleans. I won't say poverty-"stricken", because that implies that their poverty was involuntary. You are "stricken" with cancer. You are NOT "stricken" with poverty, unless you involuntary lose your job...and it's safe to assume that jobs weren't exactly a priority for the former welfare state of New Orleans.

Also, to answer the MSM's question of "why was the initial response so slow and uncoordinated?", I am going to use poor form by answering a question with a question: "Why don't you ask the Louisiana governor and the Chocolate City's mayor the same question first?" They are the first responders, right? The city and state had evacuation plans on the books, and no one followed or implemented the blueprint...which, of course, is Bush's fault. Oh, well, I won't beat that dead horse anymore.

Notice the repetitive use of "Bush's top disaster agency", as opposed to "the federal top disaster agency" or "the government's top disaster agency"? liberal media bias!

Again, there is plenty of blame to go around, and yes, FEMA deserves a share of it. However, a cursory glance of MSM "articles" (that read more like columns, see "Bush's front-line agency" above) leaves what few readers they have left with the impression that the sole responsibility of evacuation and recovery was the federal government's, and that is 100% incorrect.