Thursday, March 02, 2006

"No one could've anticipated the breach of the levees"

Except the National Hurricane Center, FEMA, and apparently, President Bush too.

They all made that declaration following the disaster that was Katrina and the disaster that was the response to said event. They made it seem as if they were truly surprised by what happened....except that videotape the AP acquired today shows otherwise. They were informed, and still the President went on vacation and got a guitar from a country musician and did photo ops and talked about Medicare here in Southern California before he got his ass in gear and went back to leading. Meanwhile, people drowned.

I think my rant of months ago, while rather vile in its comtempt, is validated by what this tape shows. The breach of the levees was anticipated and considered imminent...but we've all seen how this President judges imminent threats. Attacked the WRONG threat in Iraq, while the big one in Iran is much closer to nuclear weapons. Did not act even close to quickly on the infamous Aug. 6, 2001 PDB which said Bin Laden was determined to strike in the United States. This is how he acts on these sorts of things.

It is clear the President, AGAIN, lied to the American people, to Congress, and to the citizens of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. The question is, will he ever be held responsible for it?

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

This just isn't going to help Bush

Not only has he just tanked to 34% approval (largely on the heels of the ports flap) but now the troops want to go home .

U.S. Troops in Iraq: 72% Say End War in 2006

  • Le Moyne College/Zogby Poll shows just one in five troops want to heed Bush call to stay “as long as they are needed”
  • While 58% say mission is clear, 42% say U.S. role is hazy
  • Plurality believes Iraqi insurgents are mostly homegrown
  • Almost 90% think war is retaliation for Saddam’s role in 9/11, most don’t blame Iraqi public for insurgent attacks
  • Majority of troops oppose use of harsh prisoner interrogation
  • Plurality of troops pleased with their armor and equipment

An overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year, and nearly one in four say the troops should leave immediately, a new Le Moyne College/Zogby International survey shows.

The poll, conducted in conjunction with Le Moyne College’s Center for Peace and Global Studies, showed that 29% of the respondents, serving in various branches of the armed forces, said the U.S. should leave Iraq “immediately,” while another 22% said they should leave in the next six months. Another 21% said troops should be out between six and 12 months, while 23% said they should stay “as long as they are needed.”

I think we need to admit we've blown it, and we need to get relief for our troops. A successful Iraq is everyone's concern, and if the rest of the world can't see that, then we may need to let them work it out themselves. I've felt we do have a responsibility to them, but they are regressing in their ability to handle matters themselves, and that means they might be tanking and leaning on us to do their work. Something has to change, because "stay the course" has driven us and Iraq over the cliff.