s skippy the bush kangaroo: we don't think anybody anticipated that things might happen while he was in office and he'd actually have to lead the country

skippy the bush kangaroo



Wednesday, March 01, 2006

we don't think anybody anticipated that things might happen while he was in office and he'd actually have to lead the country

the asspress reports the existence of a video of awol and his boys being warned the day before katrina hit that n'awlins' levees might break. and, following his s.o.p., he didn't bother to ask a single question during the briefing:

in dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned president bush and his homeland security chief before hurricane katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in new orleans' superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage.

bush didn't ask a single question during the final briefing before katrina struck on aug. 29, but he assured soon-to-be-battered state officials: "we are fully prepared”…

linked by secure video, bush's confidence on aug. 28 starkly contrasts with the dire warnings his disaster chief and a cacophony of federal, state and local officials provided during the four days before the storm.

the videos starkly contradict the excuses that the federal government has been making since the tragedy.

homeland security officials have said the "fog of war" blinded them early on to the magnitude of the disaster. but the video and transcripts show federal and local officials discussed threats clearly, reviewed long-made plans and understood katrina would wreak devastation of historic proportions. "i'm sure it will be the top 10 or 15 when all is said and done," national hurricane center's max mayfield warned the day katrina lashed the gulf coast.

"i don't buy the `fog of war' defense," brown told the ap in an interview wednesday. "it was a fog of bureaucracy."

bush declared four days after the storm, "i don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees" that gushed deadly flood waters into new orleans. but the transcripts and video show there was plenty of talk about that possibility _ and bush was worried too.

nobody could have "anticipated" that a terrible disaster was about to happne. gee, where have we heard that before?
posted by skippy at 6:23 PM |

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