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another source. Link below; my emphasis.

"Obviously, a hurricane is beyond human blame, and the political miscalculations that have come to light—the negligent planning, the delayed rescue and aid efforts, the thoroughly confused and uninspired political leadership—cannot all be laid at the feet of President Bush. But you could sense, watching him being interviewed by Diane Sawyer on ABC’s “Good Morning America”—defensive, confused, overwhelmed—that he knew that he had delivered a series of feeble, vague, almost flippant speeches in the early days of the crisis, and that the only way to prevent further political damage was to inoculate himself with the inevitable call for non-partisanship: “I hope people don’t play politics during this period of time.”

And yet, to a frightening degree, Bush’s faults of leadership and character were brought into high relief by the crisis. Suntanned and relaxed after a vacation so long that it would have shamed a French playboy, Bush reacted with fogged delinquency, as if he had been so lulled by his summer sojourn that he was not quite ready to acknowledge reality, let alone attempt to master it. His first view of the floods came, pitifully, theatrically, from the window of a low-flying Air Force One, and all the President could muster was, according to his press secretary, “It’s devastating. It’s got to be doubly devastating on the ground.” The moment demanded clarity of mind and rigorous governance, and yet he could not summon them. The performance skills Bush eventually mustered after September 11th—in his bullhorn speech at Ground Zero, in his first speech to Congress—eluded him. The whole conceit of his Presidency, that he was an instinctive chief executive backed by “grownups” like Dick Cheney and tactical wizards like Karl Rove, now seemed as water-logged as Biloxi and New Orleans. The mismanagement of the Katrina floods echoed the White House mismanagement—the cavalier posture, the wretched decisions, the self-delusions—in postwar Iraq.

Just as serious, the President’s priorities, his indifference to questions of infrastructure and the environment, magnified an already complicated disaster. In an era of tax cuts for the wealthy, Bush consistently slashed the Army Corps of Engineers’ funding requests to improve the levees holding back Lake Pontchartrain. This year, he asked for $3.9 million, $23 million less than the Corps requested. In the end, Bush reluctantly agreed to $5.7 million, delaying seven contracts, including one to enlarge the New Orleans levees. Former Republican congressman Michael Parker was forced out as the head of the Corps by Bush in 2002 when he dared to protest the lack of proper funding. "


http://www.newyorker.com/printables/talk/050912ta_talk_remnick
 

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and from disagreable another tiresome ranting post that does nothing but blame and cry about everything, calling everything that goes wrong anywhere Bushes fault and does not do offer a single positive solution to anything. Just a big bunch of chicken s**t that has become disaggreeable and the like.
 

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Even Disagreeable should be ashamed to post such misleading garbage.
 

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Cal said:
Even Disagreeable should be ashamed to post such misleading garbage.

Oh, exactly what's misleading, Cal? That the Admistration forced out Michael Parks (just as they forced out the general who told the truth about what it would take to secure Iraq) when he told the truth. Or that he has continually cut the Corps funding? Can you believe the bald faced lie that Bush said "noone" expected the levees not to hold when everyone who ever looked at them said they couldn't stand a cat 5 hurricane!

Come on and tell me what's miselading in the article that I posted.
 

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Disagreeable said:
Cal said:
Even Disagreeable should be ashamed to post such misleading garbage.

Oh, exactly what's misleading, Cal? That the Admistration forced out Michael Parks (just as they forced out the general who told the truth about what it would take to secure Iraq) when he told the truth. Or that he has continually cut the Corps funding? Can you believe the bald faced lie that Bush said "noone" expected the levees not to hold when everyone who ever looked at them said they couldn't stand a cat 5 hurricane!

Come on and tell me what's miselading in the article that I posted.
I think this is such a good article countering your Bush hatred piece.
Making the worst of a bad situation
September 7th, 2005
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles.php?article_id=4798

It was to be expected that President Bush would be blamed for the hurricane that obliterated New Orleans and cut a murderous swath through 3 states. As if proving once again that everything in this country passes through a political sieve, opportunists were blustering with bitter condemnation of every move made by the feds, while conveniently refusing to criticize Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, both Democrats.

The city and the state were always aware of the perilous position of New Orleans below sea level. But the lack of preparation for such a cataclysmic event, was not blamed on them, but directed at Bush. This is tantamount to an admission that individual states have no responsibility for their own destiny in the worldview of the Bush-bashers. It also proves that every negative occurrence in America will inevitably be laid at the steps of the White House, at least until the next Democrat moves in. While liberal politicians and commentators were filling their quills with poisonous arrows and putting a bulls-eye on Bush, the victims of Katrina were just as dead, just as hungry, just as homeless and just as destitute as they would have been no matter who the Chief Executive was.

To suggest that a President Clinton, or Gore, or Kerry, could have done more is to use a national tragedy as a political football, and should be met with the same contempt shown to those who would loot jewelry stores during such a disaster. One New York Times editor, speaking on ABC News, insinuated sarcastically that presidential advisor, Karl Rove was probably making the decisions for the rescue effort. Sadly, these Bush haters are so filled with bile they can’t conjure up a thought that isn’t predicated on building a platform for the next liberal to occupy the Oval Office.

With Cindy Sheehan and her anti-war diatribe knocked out of the headlines, what else could the leftist, anti-America mob do except find another excuse to bash Bush? Not to be left out of the finger pointing orgy, celebrities wasted no time in getting their jabs in. Singer, Celine Dion, waxed hysterical on the Larry King Show with a tear-filled display of emotion, mixed with her vast experience in military and disaster-related strategy. “If Bush can send thousands of troops to kill people and take over an entire country in Iraq, why can’t he save lives right here in New Orleans,” shrieked the bird-brained canary.

All of which should make us feel very grateful that these screwballs are not making policy for this country; otherwise, we’d all be floating around in the sewage.

Of course, one can’t leave the subject of political opportunity without mentioning that Jesse Jackson, America’s extortionist in chief, was on the airwaves fulminating about the “Quite evident lack of interest this administration has in helping stranded black folks.” The “reverend” went on to say the president visited New York the day after the 9/11 tragedy but, waited 4 days to visit the devastation in Louisiana. Describing the scene in New Orleans as resembling “the hull of a slave ship,” Jackson took to the podium in typical demagogic fashion, working assiduously to keep segregation alive. For, without conflict between the races, charlatans like Jackson would have to get a real job. Undoubtedly, if the fast-talking hustler could blame this hurricane on a major corporation he would again be able to line his pockets with a portion of their assets by threatening to charge them with racism unless they made significant “donations” to his favorite charity, Rainbow/Push Coalition, aka, Jesse Jackson Inc.

Bob Weir is a former detective sergeant in the New York City Police Department. He is the editor of The News Connection in Highland Village, Texas. [email protected]
 

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You claimed my article was "misleading garbage". I challenged you to point out what was misleading. And what do you do? You try to change the subject by posting an article that drags up all the hot buttons that set right wingers off, Clinton, Gore, Kerry, Jesse Jackson, and totally ignore my question. I'm surprised that he left out Kennedy and Jane Fonda! That doesn't work with me. The facts are you made a statement that you can't/won't back up. :D
 

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Just as serious, the President’s priorities, his indifference to questions of infrastructure and the environment, magnified an already complicated disaster. In an era of tax cuts for the wealthy, Bush consistently slashed the Army Corps of Engineers’ funding requests to improve the levees holding back Lake Pontchartrain. This year, he asked for $3.9 million, $23 million less than the Corps requested. In the end, Bush reluctantly agreed to $5.7 million, delaying seven contracts, including one to enlarge the New Orleans levees. Former Republican congressman Michael Parker was forced out as the head of the Corps by Bush in 2002 when he dared to protest the lack of proper funding. "

Ignored is the fact that huge amounts of money were recieved and used very unwisely.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/07/AR2005090702462.html

Before Hurricane Katrina breached a levee on the New Orleans Industrial Canal, the Army Corps of Engineers had already launched a $748 million construction project at that very location. But the project had nothing to do with flood control. The Corps was building a huge new lock for the canal, an effort to accommodate steadily increasing barge traffic.

Except that barge traffic on the canal has been steadily decreasing.
In Katrina's wake, Louisiana politicians and other critics have complained about paltry funding for the Army Corps in general and Louisiana projects in particular. But over the five years of President Bush's administration, Louisiana has received far more money for Corps civil works projects than any other state, about $1.9 billion; California was a distant second with less than $1.4 billion, even though its population is more than seven times as large.
Much of that Louisiana money was spent to try to keep low-lying New Orleans dry. But hundreds of millions of dollars have gone to unrelated water projects demanded by the state's congressional delegation and approved by the Corps, often after economic analyses that turned out to be inaccurate. Despite a series of independent investigations criticizing Army Corps construction projects as wasteful pork-barrel spending, Louisiana's representatives have kept bringing home the bacon.

For example, after a $194 million deepening project for the Port of Iberia flunked a Corps cost-benefit analysis, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) tucked language into an emergency Iraq spending bill ordering the agency to redo its calculations. The Corps also spends tens of millions of dollars a year dredging little-used waterways such as the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, the Atchafalaya River and the Red River -- now known as the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway, in honor of the project's congressional godfather -- for barge traffic that is less than forecast.

The Industrial Canal lock is one of the agency's most controversial projects, sued by residents of a New Orleans low-income black neighborhood and cited by an alliance of environmentalists and taxpayer advocates as the fifth-worst current Corps boondoggle. In 1998, the Corps justified its plan to build a new lock -- rather than fix the old lock for a tiny fraction of the cost -- by predicting huge increases in use by barges traveling between the Port of New Orleans and the Mississippi River.

In fact, barge traffic on the canal had been plummeting since 1994, but the Corps left that data out of its study. And barges have continued to avoid the canal since the study was finished, even though they are visiting the port in increased numbers.

Pam Dashiell, president of the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association, remembers holding a protest against the lock four years ago -- right where the levee broke Aug. 30. Now she's holed up with her family in a St. Louis hotel, and her neighborhood is underwater. "Our politicians never cared half as much about protecting us as they cared about pork," Dashiell said.

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Dis, the rest of your article is nothing but more hateful Bush bashing. Doesn't even deserve more comment than that.
 

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