The Fifth Horseman: Dubya's Imaginary World

Sunday, September 11, 2005


Dubya's Imaginary World

The New York Times ran an excellent story today, detailing the string of catatstrophic failures in the Federal Government's response to Hurricane Katrina. In its article, the Times hit the Administration's primary failure right on the nose:

While local officials assumed that Washington would provide rapid and considerable aid, federal officials, weighing legalities and logistics, proceeded at a deliberate pace.

FEMA appears to have underestimated the storm, despite an extraordinary warning from the National Hurricane Center that it could cause "human suffering incredible by modern standards." The agency dispatched only 7 of its 28 urban search and rescue teams to the area before the storm hit and sent no workers at all into New Orleans until after the hurricane passed on Monday, Aug. 29.

Now, I'm not saying the State and local governments are blameless is the disastrous response to Katrina. However, there is only so much that the local authorities can do with their limited resources. A relief effort of the magnitude of that in New Orleans was simply too much for Local and State resources to handle. They needed Federal Aid. And that Federal Aid arrived far too late.

Newsweek also ran an interesting article: How Bush Blew It. In the article, Newsweek discussed Bush's staff and inner circle:

Bush can be petulant about dissent; he equates disagreement with disloyalty. After five years in office, he is surrounded largely by people who agree with him. Bush can ask tough questions, but it's mostly a one-way street.

The President doesn't live in, or even care about, the Real World. He lives in an elaborate fantasy land in which his word is Supreme, and the opinion of all others be damned. In his World, let's call it DubyaWorld, Bush doesn't like to be reminded of the suffering of the plebeians in the outside world. He also doesn't like to be reminded of his mistakes.

Because, in DubyaWorld, whatever Dubya says is Right.

This elaborate fantasy life is bad news for the rest of us. With no one to challenge, no devil's advocate, Dubya does whatever he wants. Like go to war for nothing. Or take a three month vacation. Or double the deficit. Or ignore the suffering of people in his own nation until public outrage forces him to.

The man is like a small child. A small, selfish child who doesn't want to be told when he is wrong.

Which brings me to my next topic. The Impeach Bush Coalition. Those guys must be doing something right. For proof, examine the list of Tope Ten Searches at Occupying the #1 slot are these words: "Impeach Bush".

Although it is unlikely that Bush will ever be brought to justice, much less impeached, this can hardly be doing much good for his Administration. If nothing else, the Impeachment Movement will at least raise calls for an independent investigation into the government's failings in the response to Hurricane Katrina.

Maybe, then, the people of New Orleans can get some justice against the selfish man-child of a President who ignored their plight until he absolutely had to notice.

We can only hope.

Impeach Bush , you make me laugh, good luck!

I don't actually expect it to suceed. However, the movement could fuel cries for an independent investigation of the Administration's response to Hurricane Katrina.

Also, the prospect of "President Cheney" is hardly appealing.
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