The Fifth Horseman: Hurricane Katrina: The Iraq Connection

Monday, August 29, 2005


Hurricane Katrina: The Iraq Connection

I saw an extremely interesting Hurricane Katrina story on Daily Kos today. Apparently, Bush has been cutting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District hurricane protection budget every year since 2001.

Now, as a liberal, I have been accused of using Bush as a scapegoat for everything. And that's not true. Not everything is Bush's fault...just most things. And this is one of those things.

New Orleans Storm Protection is simply another victim in a long line of programs that have had their funding cut by the Chickenhawk Brigade. Ever since its start in 2003, the Iraq War has been draining vast amounts of funding from crucial domestic programs. Sadly, Hurricane protection for New Orleans has been one of those programs. And now the city and all of its inhabitants are paying for it.

Speaking of disasters, let's move on to my next topic: The Iraqi Constitution. In case you haven't heard, a draft of the Iraqi Constitution has been signed in committee.

But don't pat yourself on the back yet.

The Sunnis are still pissed. According to leading Sunni clerics, negotiations were conducted almost exclusively between the mostly Shiite United Iraqi Alliance and the Kurdish Alliance. Saleh al-Mutlag, head of the Sunni negotiators, said:

The situation is not balanced. We came here on the basis that there is compromise but it doesn't exist.

This is, needless to say, a bad thing. The Sunnis are the main driving force behind the increasingly violent insurgency. We don't want them to feel excluded from the government. If they feel excluded from the government, they'll have more motivation to blow up U.S. troops and other Iraqis. This Sunni anger is a bad sign for the future of the Iraqi nation and the U.S. troops stuck in the mess.

And, despite its apparent optimism, it seems that the Administration is finally beginning to realize the severity of the situation in Iraq. In face of missed goals and resounding failures, the administration has began lowering its goals for success in Iraq.

From the New York Times:

Lowering their sights, administration officials said Sunday that their task now was to keep the political process alive, even if the constitution was rejected in October, and thereby keep the disaffected Sunnis from helping to stoke more violence.

"It's a legitimate position for some Iraqis to decide that they don't like this document," the State Department official said. "That is still within the democratic process. I don't buy the idea that thousands of people will flock to the colors of the insurgency because their just demands in a constitution were turned down."

This is a far cry from the days when Bush espoused his undying confidence in the Iraqi constitution.

In other Iraq news, the Chickenhawk Brigade has continued with its amusingly shrill attacks upon Cindy Sheehan. For your amusement, here are some quotes from the Far Right:

"But Cindy Sheehan has powerful shields that block negative publicity. The shrill voice of the anti-war left is back in Crawford, Texas, accusing Bush of "murdering" her son who died in Iraq on a volunteer rescue mission."

"This woman, this woman like truly makes me sick, you know. Though, you know, what's sicker is that the mainstream media, along with her fellow Crawford crusadors[sic], continues to exploit someone who truly needs some serious emotional assistance."

Of course, we all know what these tirades mean by now. These angry response from the Far Right mean that Cindy is having an impact upon the hearts of the American public. Also, by continuing to angrily denounce Cindy, the Chickenhawk Brigade is simply giving her and the entire pro-peace movement free publicity. So keep it up, guys!

Pro peace??
If she is pro peace, why does she ENDORSE the insurgents. They aren't peaceful.
I say pro-peace because Cindy is protesting a senselessly destrucitve war. She is in favor of peace and troop withdrawals. She is advocating an end to the fighting and a return to peace. Although she may be a little naive as to the practicalities of the situation in Iraq, her heart is in the right place. She is certainly not a traitor to this country, as many in the Right Wing seem so fond of implying.

And as for her "endorsement" of the insurgents. I would like to see a (complete) transcript of this "endorsement". It is prudent to have sources to back you up before making such wild claims.
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