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  •  Outrageous. (none)
    There have been several diaries about this in the last few days but they have dropped off the board without a whole lot of attention.  Here's one link which connects back to two others.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/9/8/12215/63972

    I'm probably more angry about this than anything else in the whole Katrina disaster.  Bush, Brown and all those guys were lazy, neglectful, stupid, a whole lot of things, but to me, this was absolutly intentional and malicious.  I hope everybody stopped at the bridge sues the Gretna Sheriffs for civil rights violations and bankrupts the parish.

    The Bush White House: Where being right gets you fired and being wrong gets you the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    by Tod on Fri Sep 09, 2005 at 05:53:33 PM PDT

    •  Here's what I can't figure out. (none)
      Monday, immediately after the storm, if National Guard had been available to enter the city (and not in IRAQ, GODDAMNIT) they could have easily entered the city for purposes of getting food and succor to the people holed up in the shelters, assess the situation and begin either evacuating, if needed or improving the shelters in place.

      Had their been Nat Guard, the looters would have been thwarted and local police would have had to acquiesce to their presence, or at least allowed them to escort evacuees through their parishes.

      No national guard presence is very key to this situation getting out of control.  New Mexico offered its Guard.  I don't know if Blanco just refused or if they simply couldn't be deployed in time.

      •  Right you are. (none)
        That's why the Bush administration delay caused so much damage.  Getting there a day or two earlier makes a huge difference.  Now that the calvary has finally arrived Bush is pretending that when they arrived doesn't really matter but he's wrong.

        When the dust has settled I'd love to see a really thorough investigation of all the aid that was offered, who exactly turned it down, and why.  I'd also like to see every officious nitwit who turned down aid for stupid reasons fired.

        Unions have a concept of "working to the rule" when they want to in effect strike but not really.  They show up at work, but strictly follow every nit picking rule they can find.  The intended result is that work comes to a screeching halt.  Sometimes I look at the red tape here and start to wonder whether it could really be just that many people who were that out of touch with the big picture.

        The Bush White House: Where being right gets you fired and being wrong gets you the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

        by Tod on Fri Sep 09, 2005 at 09:06:31 PM PDT

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