The Fifth Horseman: The Bush Response: Lie! Deflect! Suppress!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

 

The Bush Response: Lie! Deflect! Suppress!

10,000 dead. That's the latest estimate of the Hurricane Katrina death toll.

10,000 men, women and children dead thanks to the negligence of the Chickenhawk Brigade. These people have killed three times as many Americans as the terrorists in the 9/11 attacks.

However, it seems that the Bush Administration has finally marshaled all its resources, rolled up its sleeves and finally gotten to work....on salvaging Dubya's Watergate-level approval ratings.

That's right...not saving lives. Saving face.

Realizing that their murderously sluggish response to the disaster was terrible for Bush's "compassionate conservative" image, the White House has embarked on a PR blitz in a last-ditch attempt to ward off facing consequences for their failures.

Not only has Dubya taken plenty of time to pose with firefighters for patriotic photo ops (thus keeping those firefighters from actually rescuing people), the White House has gone on the attack against a pesky, unpatriotic nuisance known as "freedom of the press".

That's right, ladies and gentlemen. FEMA, under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security, refused to permit journalists to take photos of dead bodies in New Orleans.

Apparently, photos of the victims of Bush's negligence have been giving the plebeians dangerous thoughts. And, Lord knows we can't have that. No siree.

Essentially Bush is now attempting to get "harmful images" (i.e. the lifeless bodies his victims) off the air, and replace those with "happy images" of him posing with muscled, rustic firemen and rescue workers.

Don't let him get away with it.

We all know the truth by now. Bush and the rest of the Administration neglected the city of New Orleans, cutting funding for flood protection and levee support. And, now the people of New Orleans are paying for it with blood.

Of course, the Chickenhawk Brigade is going to try to push the blame on the State and local officials. Don't let them get away with that either. There is little that the city of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana could have done with only 1/3 of their usual storm-protection funds and with 35% less of their usual National Guard strength (you can thank the Iraq War for that one).

Only the Federal Government has the resources to deal with a disaster of this magnitude. And the people of New Orleans didn't see any of these resources until almost a week after the levees broke.

Incompetence on this scale is simply inexcusable. This country needs a regime change. And we need it now, before any more people die at the hands of the incompetents running the White House.

We simply can't afford to let these people control this nation any longer.

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