Saturday, September 03, 2005

blithering idiots

Maureen Dowd doesn't pull any punches today in her Times editorial:

Michael Brown, the blithering idiot in charge of FEMA - a job he trained for by running something called the International Arabian Horse Association - admitted he didn't know until Thursday that there were 15,000 desperate, dehydrated, hungry, angry, dying victims of Katrina in the New Orleans Convention Center.

Was he sacked instantly? No, our tone-deaf president hailed him in Mobile, Ala., yesterday: "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."

It would be one thing if President Bush and his inner circle - Dick Cheney was vacationing in Wyoming; Condi Rice was shoe shopping at Ferragamo's on Fifth Avenue and attended "Spamalot" before bloggers chased her back to Washington; and Andy Card was off in Maine - lacked empathy but could get the job done. But it is a chilling lack of empathy combined with a stunning lack of efficiency that could make this administration implode.

When the president and vice president rashly shook off our allies and our respect for international law to pursue a war built on lies, when they sanctioned torture, they shook the faith of the world in American ideals.

When they were deaf for so long to the horrific misery and cries for help of the victims in New Orleans - most of them poor and black, like those stuck at the back of the evacuation line yesterday while 700 guests and employees of the Hyatt Hotel were bused out first - they shook the faith of all Americans in American ideals. And made us ashamed.

Who are we if we can't take care of our own?

Read more here .


Blogger Becky said...

Good to see the 'morals' on which this administration was voted in are really coming in to play in N.O. What more will it take before americans confront the fact that this man does not care about their welfare at all? if they won't vote based on their pocketbooks (weird enough), then at least on their own welfare. what's the point of government if not to protect its citizens? Not from phantom 'terrorists' but real catastrophe. tangible threat vs spinned paranoia. Can't blame the Muslim communities for rain, now can ya?

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