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New Orleans...

Ok, it's about a million times worse than I thought when I first looked.  When headlines were reading "58 dead", it sure seemed like the mayor was overblown saying it was "our tsunami."  And I made annoyed sounds about that claim.  I was wrong.

They're now saying thousands dead...  there is rioting, there are gunshots being fired at rescue helicopters, and...  it's just chaos everywhere.  As I read more reports, I get the feeling it will be quite some time before we know the full extent of the loss.  But this isn't just a loss of stuff, as I first thought.  People's lives are gone.

And now to turn this tragedy into a chance to make political hay.  No, this isn't about politics, this isn't about us vs. them, this is about an idiot's response to the tragedy.

I just watched Bush's speech from yesterday at CNN.com...  and the New York Times is right, it's one of the worst speeches ever.  Excerpts:

"I also asked the pilot to fly over the gulf coast region, so I could see first-hand the scope and magnitude of the devastation."
"The United States Coast Guard is conducting search and rescue missions, working alongside local officials - local assets."
"The Department of Defense is deploying major assets to the region."

Who talks like this?  He consistently used words like "asset" and "infrastructure."  This is not a compassionate speech, it's a status report delivered to the board of directors.

I'd like to talk more about the reports of Iraq policies being a big factor in the unpreparedness of the region, the gall of Bush saying that the devastation was unexpected.

I'd also like to post this without the vitriol, without the anger...  I'd like to just post well wishes for the people who are still in mortal danger...  but I can't seem to bring myself to post about New Orleans without bringing Bush into it.  He's just too deep in it.

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tla
Sep. 1st, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
I am a lot less to the left than you, but I just about lost it when I heard about the quote from Bush on Good Morning America this morning:

"I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees."

Impeach the fucker. Now.
navrins
Sep. 2nd, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
I read an article in The Economist several months to a year ago about the problems with the levees and the near-certainty that they would fail in the event of something like this (or less).

Oh, right... Bush doesn't read the news.
svenden
Sep. 1st, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
Bush is an insensitve twit. I wonder how long he sat on his ass in the face of this national catastrophe?
lemurtanis
Sep. 1st, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
Bwahahaha!

Sorry, quite inappropriate, I know, but I am in love with your icon.
crs
Sep. 1st, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
For some reason I just had the thought that he should learn swordfighting and insults, so he can become Gaius Threepwood.
hakamadare
Sep. 1st, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC)

Bush is an insensitve twit.

no, he’s not. he’s framing.

Who talks like this? He consistently used words like “asset” and “infrastructure.” This is not a compassionate speech, it’s a status report delivered to the board of directors.

well, think about why someone might like people to think about the disaster in NO in terms of profits and losses, assets and liabilities, instead of thinking about it in terms of destroyed homes, death, and the breakdown of civil society.

go read the Frameshop for practical examples of framing and how to do it.

it’s all well and good to be angry and disgusted by Bush’s actions, but if you react to their superficial offensiveness and miss the subtler, much more heinous stuff he’s doing beneath, you’re being fooled.

-steve

svenden
Sep. 2nd, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
Oh I know all about framing, I've read the books. But even though I recognize what's really going on here, I still think he's an insensitive twit. lol
hakamadare
Sep. 6th, 2005 12:15 am (UTC)

ok, fair enough. consider my comment a clarification for the benefit of other readers. :)

-steve

abce
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
It's really natural to get angry about this one. As this AP article points out, there is a lot of blame to go around. If you browse deeply, you'll even note that had the Army Corps of Engineers gotten all the funding they've asked for over the last decade, that in 2008 they would have been able to complete the study on the effects of a Category 5 hurricane. Not protect against it. Not even have plans for it.

Basically, we're looking at a question of priorities, and while a lot of fingerpointing is going (in my opinion, wrongly) to Iraq, the real problem is our pork-laden political system. Go look at the $231 million spent building a bridge to nowhere in Alaska, and decide if that should have been spent here.

But don't forget that this is probably the worst natural disaster in our country's history. And that, like it or not, we all pretend it can't happen to us (really, how many of us have emergency supplies for a week without power or water handy)?
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