In One Eye

Saturday, September 03, 2005
Dennis Kucinich puts into the public record what blogs have been saying for days:
"This amount of money is only a fraction of what is needed and everyone here knows it. Let it go forward quickly with heartfelt thanks to those who are helping to save lives with necessary food, water, shelter, medical care and security. Congress must also demand accountability with the appropriations. Because until there are basic changes in the direction of this government, this tragedy will multiply to apocalyptic proportions.

"The Administration yesterday said that no one anticipated the breach of the levees. Did the Administration not see or care about the 2001 FEMA warning about the risk of a devastating hurricane hitting the people of New Orleans? Did it not know or care that civil and army engineers were warning for years about the consequences of failure to strengthen the flood control system? Was it aware or did it care that the very same Administration which decries the plight of the people today, cut from the budget tens of millions needed for Gulf-area flood control projects?

"Countless lives have been lost throughout the South with a cost of hundreds of billions in ruined homes, businesses, and the destruction of an entire physical and social infrastructure.

"The President said an hour ago that the Gulf Coast looks like it has been obliterated by a weapon. It has. Indifference is a weapon of mass destruction."
I simply don't know if the Katrina fiasco will damage the Bushies more than other issues already have, but one can always hope since this dropping of the ball is so visible. The dead bodies in New Orleans can't be hidden as successfully as flag-draped caskets returning from Iraq.

At the same time, however, Josh Marshall points out that the Bushies are in full deniability mode, stating that there was no way to know how severe the damages would be and so they should be held blameless in this debacle.

This stance is hardly new. Once again, the Bushies want to hold everyone "to account" except themselves.