The Fifth Horseman: Bush Shirks His Responsibility

Thursday, September 01, 2005


Bush Shirks His Responsibility

By this time, all sensible people know the full story about New Orleans. In the months before Hurricane Katrina came ashore, Dubya axed spending for hurricane-protection programs by millions of dollars.

Perhaps most galling of all is that Dubya cut these hurricane-protection funds even after an FEMA report that warned that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S. Despite these warnings, Bush still insisted on cutting New Orleans flood-control funding by 44 percent to pay for his War of Aggression.

So, Bush made a mistake. A HUGE mistake. At that point, the only decent thing to do is fess up and confess to your mistakes.

However, sadly for the rest of us, Dubya is not a decent person. Not even close.

In fact, in an address to the nation yesterday afternoon, Bush did what he does best: avoiding responsibility for his actions.

In a vague speech that even conservatives at the National Review found “tone-deaf” and "pathetic", Bush talked about everything but his responsibility for the disaster in New Orleans.

Now, I know that actions speak louder than words. However, in this case, both Dubya's actions and his words seem to indicate that the man is completely out of touch with reality. Either that, or the man simply doesn't mind having the blood of thousands on his hands. Being a nice guy, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume the former.

But I digress. Let me explain my statement.

Dubya's words indicate that he is unwilling to accept responsibility for his mistakes. He fucked up, and people are dying for his fuck-ups, both in Iraq and New Orleans.

His actions also indicate a complete lack of responsibility. Not only did the President cut flood-control funds to New Orleans, but his sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina indicates his complete loss of touch with reality. In fact, as late as Tuesday, while New Orleans was completely engulfed in floodwaters, Dubya still had time to give speeches in support of his War of Aggression.

Amazing. Simply amazing. While men and women were dying for his mistakes in New Orleans, he was talking about another one of his mistakes, the War of Aggression that men and women are dying for in Iraq.

The man is completely incompetent. Don't we pay this guy to take care of us? Over the course of his administration, this man has, through lies, bumbling, and outright incompetence killed thousands of people, first abroad, and now on our own shores.

And yet, we still let him keep his job. Now, where is the justice in that?

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