911 in New Orleans We’re told the 911 attacks changed everything for America–that they ushered us into a new and more dangerous world, where we could no longer afford old illusions. If we take its full lessons, the disaster of Hurricane Katrina challenges us even more profoundly. Continue reading
AP News reports that: Bush had the legal authority to order the National Guard to the disaster area himself, as he did after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks . But the troops four years ago were deployed for national security protection, and presidents of both parties traditionally defer to governors to deploy their own National Guardsmen and request help from other states when it comes to natural disasters. In addition to Guard help, the federal government could have activated, but did not, a major air support plan under a pre-existing contract with airlines. The program, called Civilian Reserve Air Fleet, lets the government quickly put private cargo and passenger planes into service. The CRAF provision has been activated twice, once … Continue reading
John Kerry has been in Iraq for the past week (see below) on a follow up from his January visit. I was told by a contact in his office that he “wanted to go again to thank our troops for their service, talk with military commanders about the situation on the ground and meet with Iraqi government officials as they work to establish a democracy in Iraq.” Upon returning to the U.S., John Kerry released the following statement today on Hurricane Katrina relief efforts: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the citizens of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama as they struggle with the aftermath of this devastating storm, and to their loved ones and families viewing the disturbing photos … Continue reading
Civic arrangements work or they fail. Leaders are found worthy or wanting. What’s happening in New Orleans and Mississippi today is a human tragedy. But take a close look at the people you see wandering, devastated, around New Orleans: they are predominantly black and poor. The political disturbances are still to come. Continue reading
How much more can they endure… Most bad news from Louisiana… Katrina evacuee bus overturns, killing one Local newspaper reports 10 wounded, several critically OPELOUSAS, La. – One Hurricane Katrina refugee died and many others were injured when a bus carrying them west from the Superdome in New Orleans overturned and rolled across a highway median. The Daily World of Opelousas reported on its Web site that at least 10 people were taken to hospitals, several of them critically injured.
Aaron Neville spoke with MSNBC’s Alex Witt about Hurricane Katrina and tonight’s scheduled concert for hurricane relief. Speaking out the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Neville said, “The go I but for the grace of God.” Watch the video here:
Bush claimed this morning that recovery efforts in New Orleans “are not acceptable.” Pardon my language here… but No Shit Sherlock! The blame for the unacceptable rescue efforts lies firmly on your shoulders Mr. President, and the shoulders of the inept members of your Cabinet. In his column today, Paul Krugman asserts… I don’t think this is a simple tale of incompetence. The reason the military wasn’t rushed in to help along the Gulf Coast is, I believe, the same reason nothing was done to stop looting after the fall of Baghdad. Flood control was neglected for the same reason our troops in Iraq didn’t get adequate armor. At a fundamental level, I’d argue, our current leaders just aren’t serious … Continue reading
For those of us who are watching the horrors unfold there is disbelief, anger and frustration. We are appalled, we are stunned and so many of us have uttered that we never thought we would see this happen here in our beloved America. “Where are our leaders?” Where is the help for these people?” These questions have rung out loudly on the blogosphere and the even in MSM today. Dateline NBC is reporting tonight… MOBILE, Ala. – Hundreds of thousands of people from Lousiana, Mississippi and Alabama are on the road or in crowded refugee centers. It’s the kind of mass migration we don’t expect to see in America. Some now estimate that three-quarters of a million Americans are on … Continue reading