Saturday, September 03, 2005

Why was the government so unprepared for Katrina?

Two real conservatives,William Norman Grigg of the New American and Paul Craig Roberts have come through with an excellent analysis of the government's poor relief efforts. You may say, who the heck are these guys? Many of you may never have heard of them, for good reason. They have too many independent thoughts to make it on Fox News or on the Bush-loving "conservative" talk radio shows.

Grigg wrote an excellent article that is now on his magazine's website, "Why So Few First Responders in New Orleans? They're in Iraq." He points out the following key facts:

The occupation of Iraq has rested heavily on the services of National Guard units, including those from Gulf States that have been mutilated by Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, many Guardsmen and reservists now serving in Iraq are key law enforcement and disaster response personnel whose absence is also being keenly felt in the flood-ravaged states.

Another anti-Bush conservative, Paul Craig Roberts, points out in Antiwar.com, that the Bush administration slashed the funding for the Corps of Engineers' projects to strengthen and raise the New Orleans levees and diverted the money to the Iraq war. An even more important point: Rumsfeld's refusal to send enough troops to Iraq in early 2003 led to, you guessed it, national Guardsmen being sent there later.

The chickens have come home to roost. As if it wasn't bad enough that 1800+ (for now) lives have been lost in a war that has helped place into power a pro-Iranian government.

No, Kanye West, Bush isn't a racist. He's just incompetent.

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