NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA IS NOW CAPITOL to a Potemkin country, where what things "look" like to some match not at all what is real, where all the effort is to hide truth rather than to make a better reality.
FOR THOSE UNAWARE RUSSIAN MINISTER POTEMKIN is said to have so wanted to pleased his czarina that he created entire beautiful fake villages to ride through so “progress” might be perceived. REALITY is something else than Bush would tell us HERE. Consider a scene where a FAKE RELIEF STAND was built and heavy equipment placed only to be removed as soon as the President was removed from the scene. EMOTIONAL REMOVE OF THE PRESIDENT is the order of the day. FANTASTIC. A mission accomplished is declared, but again unrealized. On one of the few pieces of dry land in New Orleans, our "leader" drowns in self self delusion. ABSURDITIES abound. NOT JUST THE SPIN OF EVENTS in New Orleans are sorry. Worse is the way the Bush administration weaves a web to control all that will be done in Louisiana. The LOCALS are not AMUSED. SOME are challenging what fate would hand them. Language itself is a battleground. In the Nerocentric world of the White House, control of who to blame is central to Bush survival. Again it is all about Bush. We are seeing similar attempts to controlling coverage in New Orleans as we have seen in Iraq. We are also seeing attempts to control Red Cross access to the area as happened after the battle of Fallujah. Quite a frightening scenario for the residents and for onlookers as well. We are right on the edge of seeming police state down there. Now the Bush administration is making a push for controlling all relief efforts which it so incompetently has previously misplayed.
EVEN BUSH SUPPORTERS NOTE WHAT IS NOT there and unlikely to ever be. Even THE RIGHT WRITES of a scene gone wrong where we have gone from a time of a seeming hero on a hill of 9/11 rubble to an UNSEEMLY ZERO who sees no sinking country underwater for what it truly is. Katrina is the ANTI 9/11. You would THINK we are SEEING THE END DAYS.
THE ANTI 9/11 IS A GOOD DESCRIPTION for the terrible horror we now witness. And sadly so. When somebody like David Brooks makes a comment like that, you know Bush is in trouble. Which may or may not be the way the White House sees things. The larger problem is that our leaders seem to see nothing of what is going on in this country. "Brownie" being unaware of just how many are in trouble in NOLA is a harsh indictment of how this administration is informed.
NO ONE SHOULD BE SURPRISED If Bush acts as surpised that a levee could fail, we should remember Condi Rice was equally “surprised” jet planes could be used at bombs on buildings. Incompetence again is used as the excuse for . . . incompetence. We are reminded again of the bragging, too busy, know nothing, do nothing Bush saying he doesn't read the papers, but gets his news from his advisors, advisors who are all ill advised and uninformed. This administration looks like something out of a Marx brothers movie, slapstick attempts at damage control only to perception of how they respond. DUMB AND DUMBER, THE SEQUEL Led by a “Boy Genius” Karl Rove, this administration has gone out of its way to announce its brilliance in handling all things. Now we know how little light shines in the White House, how petty the minds there are, how small the spirit found in Bush’s heart. This country demands better to restore the bones and body of this country to health and even more to heal the spirit.
Pick the comparison: New Orleans looks like Haiti, or Baghdad,
or Sudan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka. The images of all the rubble and
corpses and empty-eyed survivors remind people of those places, not the
United States. "Third World America," declared the
headline in the Daily Mail in London on Saturday. "Law and order is
gone, gunmen roam at will, raping and looting, and as people die of
heat and thirst, bodies lie rotting in the street. Until now, such a
hellish vista could only be imagined in a Third World disaster zone.
But this was America yesterday."
AND A LAST WORD FROM MAUREEN DOWD: Why does this self-styled "can do" president always lapse into such lame "who could have known?" excuses.
THE REAL LAST WORD FROMJOHN HOWARD: Anyone can make excuses for why this isn't Bush's fault, and isn't the
administration's fault, and a lot of thoe excuses might be valid and
might be true, but if you want to sit around making excuses for why you
can't do anything, then why the fuck do you become the President of the
United States in the first place?It's a job that requires action, not excuses. [HAT TIP: MIMUS PAULY/ SKIPPY]
SHORT AND NOT SO SWEET FROM MANNION: Bush's lazy and half-hearted attention during the first days of the disaster was a moral failure.
BLAH THREE GOES OFF ON THEPOTEMKIN PHOTO OP: It was a full-on effort to change the subject of discussion from the
utter failure of the Bush administration to handle the crisis with even
a hint of competency, and in true Bush fashion, he wrapped it up at
5:00 PM and announced that he was 'Flyin' out of (t)here.' [HAT TIP: NIGHT BIRD]
AND THE HERETIK WILL SAY THIS People are dealing with tragedy all day and all night. The President of the United States leaves at the end of his "work" day. Would it have been too much to stay over night in a hotel somewhere, even out of harm's way in Louisiana? What about in a tent?