Bush 12 step chronology of incompetence

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  1. ASLANSPAL

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    Newsweek:How Bush Blew It

    NEWSWEEK: Bush didn't know the Hurricane damage was bad until THURSDAY AFTER IT STRUCK

    What we learn in the Newsweek story.

    1. Bush's aides are SO afraid of telling him bad news that they practically drew straws to see who would have to tell him, on TUESDAY, that the hurricane was so bad he'd need to come home.

    2. Even on Thursday AFTER the storm, Bush didn't realize how bad the storm was:
    President Bush knew the storm and its consequences had been bad; but he didn't quite realize how bad.

    The reality, say several aides who did not wish to be quoted because it might displease the president, did not really sink in until Thursday night. Some White House staffers were watching the evening news and thought the president needed to see the horrific reports coming out of New Orleans. Counselor Bartlett made up a DVD of the newscasts so Bush could see them in their entirety as he flew down to the Gulf Coast the next morning on Air Force One.
    So Bush didn't realize how bad the storm damage wasuntil Thursday night, almost the fifth day AFTER the storm hit. Good God. He was going to watch the weekly news Friday for the FIRST TIME to get a sense of how bad things were.

    3. No one wanted to tell Bush the truth
    When Hurricane Katrina struck, it appears there was no one to tell President Bush the plain truth: that the state and local governments had been overwhelmed, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was not up to the job and that the military, the only institution with the resources to cope, couldn't act without a declaration from the president overriding all other authority.
    4. Rumsfeld opposed sending in troops as cops.

    5. "Bush created a disaster within a disaster."
    A NEWSWEEK reconstruction of the government's response to the storm shows how Bush's leadership style and the bureaucratic culture combined to produce a disaster within a disaster.
    6. Washington just wouldn't listen
    A man in a blue FEMA windbreaker arrived to brief them on his helicopter flyover of the city. He seemed unfamiliar with the city's geography, but he did have a sense of urgency. "Water as far as the eye can see," he said. It was worse than Hurricanes Andrew in 1992 and Camille in 1969. "I need to call Washington," he said.... The FEMA man found a phone, but he had trouble reaching senior officials in Washington. When he finally got someone on the line, the city officials kept hearing him say, "You don't understand, you don't understand."
    7. 8pm on Monday, the day of the storm, the governor asked Bush for everything he's got.
    Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, a motherly but steely figure known by the nickname Queen Bee, knew that she needed help. But she wasn't quite sure what. At about 8 p.m., she spoke to Bush. "Mr. President," she said, "we need your help. We need everything you've got."
    8.Instead of helping New Orleans Monday night, Bush went to bed.
    here are a number of steps Bush could have taken, short of a full-scale federal takeover, like ordering the military to take over the pitiful and (by now) largely broken emergency communications system throughout the region. But the president, who was in San Diego preparing to give a speech the next day on the war in Iraq, went to bed.

    9. Wednesday morning, while Bush was STILL on vacation, he wouldn't take the governor's call for help
    Early Wednesday morning, Blanco tried to call Bush. She was transferred around the White House for a while until she ended up on the phone with Fran Townsend, the president's Homeland Security adviser, who tried to reassure her but did not have many specifics.
    (this needs to be investigated)
    10. FEMA improved under Clinton, then was hurt under Bush
    Once a kind of petty-cash drawer for congressmen to quickly hand out aid after floods and storms, FEMA had improved in the 1990s in the Clinton administration. But it became a victim of the Iron Law of Unintended Consequences. After 9/11 raised the profile of disaster response, FEMA was folded into the sprawling Department of Homeland Security and effectively weakened. FEMA's boss, Bush's close friend Joe Allbaugh, quit when he lost his cabinet seat.
    11. Bush wanted to hear good news, so that's all they gave him until Friday.
    Bad news rarely flows up in bureaucracies. For most of those first few days, Bush was hearing what a good job the Feds were doing. Bush likes "metrics," numbers to measure performance, so the bureaucrats gave him reassuring statistics. At a press availability on Wednesday, Bush duly rattled them off: there were 400 trucks transporting 5.4 million meals and 13.4 million liters of water along with 3.4 million pounds of ice. Yet it was obvious to anyone watching TV that New Orleans had turned into a Third World xxxxhole.

    12. It took local officials ripping Bush a new one on Friday for him to finally wake up - a full 5 days after the disaster.

    The denial and the frustration finally collided aboard Air Force One on Friday. As the president's plane sat on the tarmac at New Orleans airport, a confrontation occurred that was described by one participant as "as blunt as you can get without the Secret Service getting involved." Governor Blanco was there, along with various congressmen and senators and Mayor Nagin
     
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    Just in a quick scan, I counted 5 outright lies.

    Maybe more later.
     
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    The performances of the federal, the Louisiana State, and New Orleans governments were absolutely abysmal. All levels of government should be deeply ashamed and embarrassed by this. I don't think that anyone can credibly defend the actions, and inactions, of any of these governments.
     
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    Newsweek is always a reliable source of information about the Bush administration. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    And all repeat after me: There are no Bush Haters on this Forum! :rolleyes:
     
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    More lies , half truths and finger pointing will not help us fix the problem. The OP is a good example of all three.
     
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    Doesn't matter who's to blame Ken. The outcome for the government agencies and "officials" involved will be the same in the end. More power, more funding and no accountablity.

    WASHINGTON — President Bush on Monday urged Congress to examine whether the White House needs stronger powers to deal with catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina.

    Bush’s backing for the congressional inquiry raised the possibility that lawmakers might expand presidential authority to:

    • Order mandatory civilian evacuations

    • Dispatch U.S.-based armed forces for emergency search-and-rescue operations

    • Grant wider leeway for active-duty U.S. military personnel to carry out law enforcement operations.

    SOURCE

    It's already started. Are you begining to see how the government consistantly benefits from it's so called mistakes yet?
     
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    Doesn't matter who's to blame Ken. The outcome for the government agencies and "officials" involved will be the same in the end. More power, more funding and no accountablity.

    It's already started. Are you begining to see how the government consistantly benefits from it's so called mistakes yet?
    </font>[/QUOTE]More power to the federal government.

    It's what liberals demand.

    If they keep at it, FEMA will be the most powerful agency in the federal government.
     
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    You mean it isn't already?

    I got an idea, let's just cut to the chase and install an American dictatorship.
     
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    Not yet. FEMA still has to asked for assistance by the state.

    Liberals, in their headlong rush to make Bush look bad, are inviting changes that could lead to FEMA telling the state what they need.
     
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    "Liberals, in their headlong rush to make Bush look bad, are inviting changes that could lead to FEMA telling the state what they need."


    He doesn't need liberals to make him look bad. ;)

    And they aren't the ones asking for more power be granted to the executive and the federal government. This time.
     
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    Actually he was preparing to give a speech on the ending of WW2.

    As for the rest of your piece APAL - all I can say is there has to be meds for this.
     
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    The fact that the buck stops here, at the door of the President, is not the same as blaming him for hurricanes and broken levees and underwater busses. It means when something goes wrong, it is the President that we look to for righting the wrongs, not placing blame he had nothing to do with.

    If he loosened his tie, rolled up his sleeves and began passing sandbags down the row, you'd be all over him for it, Apal.
     
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    It used to be that in a national emergency party affiliations blended and everyone pulled together, but today the lefties attack non stop with I guess the goal of making just some of their evil stick through never ending repetition. I't seems to work.
     
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    Someone once said "If you tell a lie often enough, long enough and big enough sooner or later people will believe it". I guess we are seeing it proven more and more often today.
     
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    Repeat after me: There are no Bush Haters on this Forum!

    I have stated that phrase so many times that it has become a mantra and I think I had an epiphany. I think, but am not sure, that I am being led to believe that all those "Bush Bashers" on this Forum don't really Hate Bush. Rather they Love Bush and only want the best for him. I am becoming convinced that their criticisms are offered in the spirit of Jesus Christ, are written after much prayer, and followed by much prayer. [​IMG]
     
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    did anyone see the latest information of new orleans levee board and what they did and did not do God bless you President Bush the Devil will not win the War Dear God thank you for blessing America America will survive because of your grace and mercy and most of all love for us
     
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