Thursday, September 01, 2005

Dubya Deja Vu

Now back from vacation, Dubya took the airwaves this morning to discuss the aftermath of Katrina. During an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC, he said this:

I don't think anybody anticipated the breech of the levees," Bush said. "They did anticipate a serious storm. But these levees got breached and, as a result, much of New Orleans is flooded and now we're having to deal with it and will."
Sorry, Dubya, wrong again. You wonder at this point if the administration is just so far gone that they actually believe this (in spite of fairly obvious evidence to the contrary) or are so incompetent that they actually don't know what is going on. I'll let Dubya's apologists figure out which fork in this road they want to take.

Meanwhile, today's Washington Post has a chilling article about the future of New Orleans:
First they have to pump the flooded city dry, and that will take a minimum of 30 days. Then they will have to flush the drinking water system, making sure they don't recycle the contaminants. Figure another month for that.

The electricians will have to watch out for snakes in the water, wild animals and feral dogs. It will be a good idea to wear hip boots and take care of cuts and scrapes before the toxic slush turns them into festering sores. The power grid might be up in a few weeks, but many months will elapse before everybody's lights come back on.

By that time, a lot of people won't care because they will have taken the insurance money and moved away -- forever.
Please, if you haven't already, give what you can to the Red Cross's relief efforts.

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