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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

United States of Shame

Dowd (9/3): "America is once more plunged into a snake pit of anarchy, death, looting, raping, marauding thugs, suffering innocents, a shattered infrastructure, a gutted police force, insufficient troop levels and criminally negligent government planning. But this time it's happening in America."

"Why does this self-styled "can do" president always lapse into such lame "who could have known?" excuses. Who on earth could have known that Osama bin Laden wanted to attack us by flying planes into buildings? Any official who bothered to read the trellis of pre-9/11 intelligence briefs. Who on earth could have known that an American invasion of Iraq would spawn a brutal insurgency, terrorist recruiting boom and possible civil war? Any official who bothered to read the C.I.A.'s prewar reports. Who on earth could have known that New Orleans's sinking levees were at risk from a strong hurricane? Anybody who bothered to read the endless warnings over the years about the Big Easy's uneasy fishbowl." [NYT]

Dowd: "Later this week (no point rushing things) W. is dispatching Dick Cheney to the rancid lake that was a romantic city. The vice president has at long last lumbered back from a Wyoming vacation, and, reportedly, from shopping for a $2.9 million waterfront estate in St. Michael's, a retreat in the Chesapeake Bay where Rummy has a weekend home, where "Wedding Crashers" was filmed and where rich lobbyists hunt."

"But when people around the world look at Iraq, they don't see freedom. They see chaos and sectarian hatred. And when they look at New Orleans, they see glaring incompetence and racial injustice, where the rich white people were saved and the poor black people were left to die hideous deaths. They see some conservatives blaming the poor for not saving themselves. So much for W.'s "culture of life." [NYT]

1 comment:

tetrasaure said...

With everything going on in the country these couple of weeks, and with the silly wars the US military is involved with, it brings out a bring old kick in the pants. The war on terror is a joke, and was produced like something from a really bad movie where the real bad guys laugh and brag about it and no one gets it. Now with the Gulf Coast trashed to the extent of a nuclear disaster; FEMA and all government agencies acting like retarded children playing SIM CITY. All going nuts asking ah what do we George; while at the same time people die from the very things in which they are thinking will save them. The bad thing other than the government making situations worse is the media during the event. Like FOX news reporters punching people at the Super Dome, as well as other news agencies not informing on Armed Foreign Troops running around the Gulf Coast area, to other information which is being not being reported on.
With everything going on in the United States I think our country is going to get a real hard wake up call when the economy has a heart attack due to everything going on.