President George Bush stepped out onto the White House lawn today to issue his thoughts regarding the response to the disaster unfolding in the South 5 days after Hurricane Katrina. “The results are not acceptable,” said Bush.
George Bush is the Commander In Chief – for him to say the response is unacceptable sounds like the spin of a desperate man hunting for a scapegoat. Surely this man must know deep down that he has sat on his haunches all week and watched idly as the disaster unfolded when, as early as Monday, he should have been flying back to Washington from his holiday to organize a solution. He’s the man at the top – he’s responsible.
Watching from Los Angeles it was easy to see on Monday that troops, food water and medical supplies needed to be sent to the crisis areas pronto. Let’s face it there was no major logistical hurdles to overcome – no oceans to cross, no mountains to circumvent – all you had to do was get on the freeway – and there are gas stations and signposts the whole way. How much easier could it have been?
Even though we fear that money needed for public works has been siphoned off for the war in Iraq and that the eyes of the generals are pointed to the middle east surely this country is not so off-balance that it could take 5 days for help to make it the 300 miles from Houston to New Orleans?
Shame on you Bush and your cronies. This terrible week will be your epitaph.