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  •  It cost a 2-ton food drop.... (4.00)
    Not only were all aircraft grounded during the President's 45 minute aerial tour of New Orleans, but his photo-op flight prevented the rescue helicopters from dropping more than two tons of food and water to stranded people on Friday afternoon.

    The food and water had finally arrived and was ready to be loaded onto the choppers when the President arrived. By the time he had left, it was too late in the day to begin the airlift -- around dusk the visibility falls off too much to ensure that the helicopters could avoid telephone/electrial lines, darkened buildings and other hazards.   So, all those poor people, stranded in New Orleans for four days, had to wait another night to get food and water because of the President.

    A voice of objective reason in the partisan din of the U.S. National Security community.

    by mustang dvs on Tue Sep 06, 2005 at 08:55:38 PM PDT

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    •  it appears to be true... (4.00)
      tis supplied the link a couple of entries below to the article I read earlier.  Here's the key sentance:

      "And for the entire time Bush was in the state, the congressman [Rep.Charlie Melancon(D-La)] said, a ban on helicopter flights further stalled the delivery of food and supplies."

      To the list of post-2000 contradictions, which includes entries like "Compassionate Conservative", we can add "Homeland Security"

      •  The Times-Picayune (none)
        Is reporting that there was no ban, afterall, that it was botched communications between federal officials.

        Who knows, eh?


        it's in their archives but you have to scroll down some.

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        by Myrrander on Tue Sep 06, 2005 at 11:28:01 PM PDT

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