Friday, January 19, 2007
Hurricane Katrina - the Saga Continues
Former FEMA director Michael Brown has dropped yet another bomb on the Bush administration and its mishandling of the hurricane Katrina disaster.
Brown claims he recommended that all 90,000 square miles along the Gulf Coast affected by the hurricane be federalized, making the federal government in charge of all agencies responding to the disaster.
Instead, he maintains, the White House seized upon an opportunity to use the disaster for partisan ends against Louisiana's Democratic governor, "Unbeknownst to me, certain people in the White House were thinking 'We had to federalize Louisiana because she's a white, female Democratic governor and we have a chance to rub her nose in it.'"
There's no love lost between the White House and Brown who was scapegoated in a botched attempt to divert attention from his president's negligent indifference to the disaster. In the wake of the hurricane and while Brown was being heaped with blame, Bush said no one at the White House had any idea this sort of disaster might occur. Subsequently, video was released of a conference call prior to the arrival of the hurricane in which Bush was present and being warned of the impending cataclysm.
The White House now claims that Brown is making up this partisan business. Yeah, okay. Those who've seen the Bush video will know that, at the moment, the score stands at Brown 1, Bush no score.