Auros (auros) wrote,

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The Republican governor of Louisiana has hired Clinton's head of FEMA to help coordinate relief, because Bush's enfeebled, politically-budgeted, shortsighted version of FEMA is useless. One of Slate's bloggers has an assessment of James Lee Witt, and of Bush's culpability in destroying the agency that Witt -- with help from Al Gore -- had built into a world model for responding to natural disasters.

ETA: Oh, and Bush staged a Potemkin food distribution point, as a photo op. "ZDF News reported that the president's visit was a completely staged event. Their crew witnessed how the open air food distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time."

See also: Times-Picayune Editorial Board blasts Bush.

And here's the Chicago Tribune:

The USS Bataan, a 844-foot ship designed to dispatch Marines in amphibious assaults, has helicopters, doctors, hospital beds, food and water. It also can make its own water, up to 100,000 gallons a day. And it just happened to be in the Gulf of Mexico when Katrina came roaring ashore.

The Bataan rode out the storm and then followed it toward shore, awaiting relief orders. Helicopter pilots flying from its deck were some of the first to begin plucking stranded New Orleans residents.

But now the Bataan's hospital facilities, including six operating rooms and beds for 600 patients, are empty. A good share of its 1,200 sailors could also go ashore to help with the relief effort, but they haven't been asked.

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