Friday, September 16, 2005

Dear President Bush:

As you addressed the nation, Andrew Jackson turned over in his grave. Mr. President, flying over the Gulf Coast region is not going to give you a first hand perspective or "scope" of the devastation. Mr. President, the San Diego campaign fundraising event for John McCain, a man who once wanted your job, does not deserve your time if one million people in one of our nation's cities don't have homes. Waiting three days after a natural disaster is not excusable and praising a man for doing "one heck of a job" is ridiculous when days later the man is taken off the job, resigns, and the nation learns the "scope" of his corruption.

The blame for Hurricane Katrina cannot be placed on anyone, for it was merely an act of God. Not an act against corrupt and unrighteous, but a natural disaster. If we are to believe that our government is prepared for a terrorist attack of massive proportions on our home soil, prove it to us by being prepared in the face of a natural disaster.

FEMA has failed, Homeland Security is weak, the President of the United States is slow in responding. It is time to put the money we've placed in a country that has no WMDs into our own country. An investigation into Katrina will only aid more division. Don't waste the Congress' time on something that will only point at a weak internal structure and a weak administration. Your glory days of 80% approval ratings are over and never to return.

Maybe when stating "God Bless America" at the end of your speeches you should be considering the reason for which He acts as He does.


Nick Speth said...

Ouch! Harsh! Though for the most part true, I do have to take exception to a few comments. First of all, the Iraq comment. Now I'm enough of a realist to admit that, knowing what I now know (lack of WMD), I would not have supported invading Iraq. Still, simply leaving Iraq is not an option as yet, though we should leave as soon after we create a stable country as possible. To talk of Iraq as the cause for the poor response is simply incorrect.

Secondly... do you really think that Katrina was God's retribution upon America for voting republican? That's what your last line implies.

If we want to play the blame game, here's who I blame (you'll notice I'm one of the few conservatives willing to do so):

Federal Blame:
1. Erstwhile FEMA Chief Mike Brown, who, as you correctly put it, was poor to the point of incompetence on the response. Fact is Brown had no experience in disaster relief whatsoever, so to put him in charge of FEMA... well that goes to #2

2. President Bush. He selected Mike Brown despite his lack of experience. And so part of the blame rests with him.

However more than that State and Local officials were slow to act as well. If fact, in the link that follows this piece, you'll see that Governor Blanco, and Mayor Nagin both accepted blame for flawed responses as well. I suppose we'll have to see whom the voters hold more responsible, republican national leadership, or democratic state and local leadership.

Nick Speth said...

Sorry, that link is here

and here:

Tara A. Rowe said...

Just as much to blame for the Mike Brown fiasco are the senators who approved the appointment of the FEMA director. I do believe Joe Leiberman was in on that and found Brown to be a fine upstanding individual...with no disaster experience.

As to Iraq, I am not saying we pull out right now because we have a disaster on our home turf, I was implying that the federal government owes it to this country to devote as much (and more) resources to this disaster than to Iraq. I did not agree with invading Iraq even when the government had informed me that they had WMDs. I do not agree with it now.

I wasn't trying to imply that Katrina was God's retribution for the nation voting Republican, though that's a nice thought. I meant that when the President of the United States asks for God to bless America, he needs to realize that maybe this action, i.e. the disaster, was a blessing in disguise. We needed to see how ill prepared we are to deal with something of this magnitude.

Nick Speth said...

Of course I knew that you weren't playing up the "wrath of God" angle, just being wry. Of course all of those states voted Bush, but at the same time, for a hurricane to hit a blue state, it would be called a Noreaster.

From what I can tell, and I've spent hours on Lexis Nexis looking through the congressional record, Brown was never confirmed by the Senate to his post as FEMA director, since FEMA is no longer a cabinet-level position, but rather a part of the Dept. of Homeland Security, and thus not subject to congressional oversight.

Read all about it on my site later.