Thursday, September 08, 2005

Impeachment Would Be A Good Start

I'm absolutely furious with the current administration. It was obvious from the get-go that the response to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath was severely lacking. You may disagree, but here is a timeline of events that shows the incompetance of this president and his administration. Immediate dismissal of staff, such as Condoleeza Rice, Michael Brown, and Mike Chertoff; with the commencement of impeachment proceedings would seem pretty rational right now. Of course, this is just another piece of evidence of why Bush should be impeached, not the sole reason.


KevinP said...

Fire the Secretary of State? Is the hurricane a foreign government?

Kevin (Denver) said...

Your failing to comment on the state/city govenrments? Everyone knew that New Orleans was bound to have a disaster like this, and they had no real evacuation plan in place for the inner city poor that lacked the funds and means to leave. Which are now the majority of the dead. If anything the blame goes to the local governemt before the Feds.

Matt said...

This is semantics...but let's place proper blame. Local, state and federal officials in both Louisianna and Mississippi have had an evacuation plan in place for a long time. It's one of the things they highlight to tourists when you're there. However, when the time came, NONE of the officials at any level stuck to the plan.

battlemaiden said...

The head of FEMA never had any experience in disaster relief. In fact, he was fired from his last position. AND, not only that, but he only got his job because he was college roomies with the former FEMA head.

We are smart people (aren't we?) and some of this stuff is common sense. So how come I feel like the administration is the blind leading the blind?


Matt F. said...

What does Condi Rice and the State Department have to do with emergency preparedness in the United States? Short answer is NOTHING. The State Department has no responsibility, or statutory authority to do much of anything on the domestic front with very few exceptions such as very narrow criminal law enforcement (22 USC § 2709), and the issuance of passports, and liaison with foreign governments. It was the State department that has secured almost 1 billion dollars of foreign aid in the form of cash and donated oil.

Anonymous said...

As someone who works with disaster preparedness I am amused by everyone blaming the President. It is a clear indication that they do not understand the city and state goverments' responsibilities in the event of a disaster. But everyone is ready just to jump at the chance to blame the President (and in your case, wish to impeach him).

Anonymous said...

I agree with the above comment. Bush is an easy scapegoat whenever anything goes wrong. I believe it is up to the city and state governments to take care of the situation. I mean, when 9/11 happened, it was Guilani that took charge, not Bush. I'm not saying Bush should stay completely out of the picture, but it's not entirely his thing to handle.

And why did LA's governor NOT allow the National Guard to come in to help in the beginning?

Matt said...

Well, I have to respectfully disagree with the above two posters about federal involvement. Back in 2002, Bush and Congress created the Department of Homeland Security, which is charged with response and recovery in times of non-war-related natural disasters. President Bush is rightfully taking the responsibility of the failed federal response, which was suppose to be far superior than it was under the very plan his administration created. Good information on it here:

As I stated previously, state and local officials don't skirt the blame either. There is an extensive evacuation plan for the city of New Orleans that was not followed at all. And there is a state emergency plan in place with a focus on Now Orleans and parishes. Gov. Blanko rightfully took the blame today, as well.

However, where did your information come from that Gov. Blanco did not allow National Guards members into the state sooner? That's franly quite untrue. In order to keep this from getting too long, I quote an AP story from Sept. 3rd:

"New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson offered Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco help from his state's National Guard last Sunday, the day before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. Blanco accepted, but paperwork needed to get the troops en route DIDN'T COME FROM WASHINGTON UNTIL LATE THURSDAY."

The only source I know that accused her of not letting the Guard in is that waste of air space Bill O'Reilly. He was totally inaccurate.

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