[lit-ideas] New Orleans

  • From: "Andreas Ramos" <andreas@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2006 08:58:57 -0800

Bush declared four days after Hurricane Katrina's destruction of New Orleans: "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees" that gushed deadly flood waters into New Orleans.

Watch the video of him being briefed BEFORE the hurricane hit New Orleans.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- On the eve of Hurricane Katrina's fateful landfall, President Bush was confident. His homeland security chief appeared relaxed. And warnings of the coming destruction - breached or overrun levees, deaths at the New Orleans Superdome and overwhelming needs for post-storm rescues - were delivered in dramatic terms to all involved. All of it was captured on videotape.
The Associated Press obtained the confidential government video and made it public Wednesday, offering Americans their own inside glimpse into the government's fateful final Katrina preparations after months of fingerpointing and political recriminations.

The president didn't ask a single question during the briefing but assured soon-to-be-battered state officials: "We are fully prepared."

"I have kind a sinking feeling in my gut right now," Nagin said. "I was listening to what people were saying - they didn't know, so therefore it was an issue of a learning curve. You know, from this tape it looks like everybody was fully aware."


So, Bush and the top government officials KNEW what was going to happen. And they let it happen. And they were fully aware of the disaster in New Orleans, as they were saying "we didn't know" "nobody told us" on TV. And they didn't raise a finger for nearly a week. And then afterwards, they blamed everyone else and covered up.

Okay, Eric and Lawrence, spring to the defense of Bush.


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