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  •  Damned if he does (3.50)
    It's pretty rare that I have any volition to defend the President, and even now I'm making this post out of the obligations of intellectual honesty, not any desire to let GWB off the hook.

    He was being criticized for not immediately going to NO.   Now he's being criticized for going to NO.   In reality, even given the understandable security measures that a Presidential visit entails, I can't imagine that they seriously have to ground all helicopters.   So that might be a better grounds to attack GWB than for going at all.

    But if he really did need to ground the helicopters, then it's unconscionable for him to visit.  Even taking political flak for not visiting from sites like Daily Kos would be a tiny price compared to people dying from dehydration.

    Not a Democrat. Not a Republican. Just sick of George Bush's son and other big-government "conservatives".

    by EqualOpportunityCynic on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 08:31:52 PM PDT

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    •  No EOC (4.00)
      He wasn't taking flak for not turning up, he was taking flak for not taking notice.

      For being absent from his job. His presence on the ground was never needed, his presence of mind is always needed, and never delivered.

      •  yep - spot on (none)
        lead, follow, or get out of the way

        or delegate to competent people if he knew what that word meant

      •  He was taking some sort of flak for both (none)
        What you state is no doubt your own position, and that of several others.   I have no problem with it -- it's a clear-thinking and humane position to blame GWB for his lack of involvement but not his lack of physical presence.

        However, I recall very clearly that there were people on this site blaming him for not showing up sooner.   Whether that's 5% or 50% of the population of this site, I don't know.   But those people need to rethink their position in light of what we now know about the helicopters being grounded.

        At any rate, given three options with two of them bad, it's hardly a surprise that he picked the worst, most callous, and least respectful of human suffering.   Pro-life my arse.

        Not a Democrat. Not a Republican. Just sick of George Bush's son and other big-government "conservatives".

        by EqualOpportunityCynic on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 02:09:16 PM PDT

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        •  He can just override the flight restriction (none)
          2 seconds, no Flight Restriction, restrict only big planes with bombs, planes painted like shamu whatever, the Soul Plane, the Restriction is entirely up to the DHS.  

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