Predictably, Katrina is Bush's Fault
I thought the left would allow at least a few weeks before making the Katrina disaster political and link the genesis, strike, and aftermath of Katrina with something they thing George W. Bush did or failed to do. I was wrong. To wit, this bit of dung from Howell Raines, (courtesy RealClearPolitics) which the LA Times couldn't print fast enough, who apparently couldn't resist using death and destruction with no moral component as yet another opportunity to criticize the Bush Administration.
This final remark about says it all:
The churchgoing cultural populism of George Bush has given the United States anOk, let's dissect the bitter leftist non-sequiturs: a shot at Bush's faith which Raines despises and a blood for oil plug for good measure, all of which Raines somehow in his mind links to deaths of people in their attics and deaths in Iraq (the relevance of the latter being anyone's guess). Of significant concern, Nowhere in the article is racism mentioned or even any allusions made to it. I think Raines is losing his edge. Any questions left as to why George W. Bush still has a job and Howell Raines doesn't?
administration that worries about the House of Saud and the welfare of oil companies while the poor drown in their attics and their sons and daughters die in foreign deserts.
Raines links Bush's vacation, and the fact that he was not physically present to weather the storm in New Orleans as it came ashore as a basis for saying that he has insensitively handled this hurricane and its victims. By Raines' standard, out there in those comfy Poconos, Bush would have to be piloting the rescue helicopters, operating the rescue baskets, personally standing in the gap of the levees and completely stopping the flow of water, feeding the people at the Superdome, and prior to the hurricane, personally going door to door to pull out the people who doomed themselves inside the city despite very clear orders to evacuate--or just stay in the attics with them--all at the same time. Note no mention of the release of oil from the Strategic Petrolium Reserve to ease gas prices, no mention of his visit tomorrow to New Orleans, no mention of the fact that he is treating this as a national security issue, and of course no mention that he is mobilizing George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton to raise funds again for disaster relief. But those are details, I guess.
Why? Because to Raines, the personal is the political. Bush can't do anything right, and no matter how well handled the aftermath of this disaster is, and no matter how remote its results are from Bush, Raines and his ilk will still blame Bush because it wasn't fast enough, good enough, caring enough, comfortable enough, or cheap enough. They aren't interested in solving problems. But they yearn for problems to use them as for personal political gain by blaming opponents--all on the back of a humanitarian crisis. Despicable.
But if Raines is so concerned about the humanitarian crisis and how poorly it is being handled, perhaps he can leave his comfortable life in the Poconos and venture down to the South from which he claims to hail, and put his unemployed rear end to work. Not as a journalist--his last effort there ended his career and credibility, along with the paper he managed--but with his back and hands involved, doing the hard work of lightening the burden of the residents of that city.
Or is it not the problem of the people in the Poconos?