Wednesday, September 06, 2006

September is Presidential Failure Month

I have been reading the news regarding Katrina, 9/11, Iraq, the Housing Market & the US Economy and one of the things that I have noticed in the coverage is the way that the Bush Administration has evaded all responsibility. Maybe it is just me, but it seems that we as a nation have forgotten just how badly this administration has done. I would guess that the reason for this is the way the media has played this out.

Bush was lauded as a true hero following the attacks of 9/11, yet if anyone were to simply look at the historical record there is abundant evidence that his administration was asleep at the wheel.

For example:
Condi Rice explaining the Presidential Daily Briefing on August 6, 2001
Testimony regarding John Ashcroft's lack of interest in al-Qaeda
The infamous 'My Pet Goat' episode on 9/11

Forget the obfuscation from the Bush apologists, the failure for this incident rests on the shoulders of the administration. And, 4 years later we saw the destruction of a major American city. As much of a failure as 9/11 was, Katrina made that look quaint. Watching the events unfold over the internet, I was shocked that nothing was being done; and once again this was brought about through horrific negligence. Think Progress has a timeline of events and what strikes you upon reading it, is how those entrusted to protect us left the city to die and this negligence continues through today. While officials had informed President Bush that something had to be done, he acted as if he could not be bothered.

It is my hope that someday the historical record will reflect reality, that the talking heads from Fox News will be muted and the people of this country will ignore the spin. But I am not going to hold my breath.

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