The Story Of The Hurricane
Cowboy Who Fiddled While New Orleans Drowned
By Amanda Lang, PhD
-- -- Why did Bush
vacation – cut wood, clear brush, bike, and read -- for days
while the world watched Katrina develop, then slam as a category
4 hurricane into the Gulf Coast?
Just as he did on September
11, 2001, he froze. They
don’t have cable or telephones in Crawford?
The unfolding catastrophe has Bush leadership skills, or
lack thereof, written all over it.
He treats his own citizens with the same contempt and
callousness as he does the Iraqi civilians – as “collateral
damage.” If a category
4 hurricane is not a “bomb” dropping on American soil,
what is? Bush
remained on vacation one whole day after Katrina hit, WAITING
FOR WHAT? The federal
government was ‘missing in action’ and has failed its citizens
abysmally. And Congress... where the hell are they? They rushed back to Washington over night for one woman’s
feeding tube, but can’t seem to find the way back for a
destructive hurricane that most likely killed thousands.
Are these Americans too poor or not expounding the right
religion to garner attention the Trade Tower victims received?
They all sat and watched this train wreck, now they are
screwing up the rescue and salvage, probably busy searching for
the ‘scapegoat’ du jour.
Did the Bush administration and Congress want to create
a situation where they could
declare martial law? Looks
New Orleans has
become a war zone. Martial
law declared. Since
when is a policy of "you
loot, we shoot" appropriate for people just trying to
survive until help arrives? THEY
ARE DYING. So are
they ‘looters’ or ‘survivors’ (like the TV show “Survivor”
Americans loves to love)? So
what if in addition to food, water, diapers, and medical supplies,
they take some jeans? They’ve
been wearing oil,
chemical and sewer-soaked clothes for days. They’re wading through floating,
decaying dead bodies. New
Orleans is and will be uninhabitable for three to six months
at least, so the merchandise is already a write-off.
Think about it? Would
you want this merchandise? Let
good come from it while it can.
‘survivors’ have obtained weapons and are using them.
riot and hold hostages.
People go ‘feral’
displaying ‘pack’ and/or ‘mob’ behaviors when threatened
their lives are in ‘great peril.’
Unfortunately, in America you can find a gun anywhere in
virtually any caliber, so chaos reigns. A "loot-shoot" policy only exacerbates the problem.
workers received orders to divert efforts from ‘saving people’
to ‘crime fighting’.
Why choose ‘property’ over ‘life’?
The policy lacks common sense, compassion, or understanding
of the survival instinct. CNN
has images of people dead and dying on camera.
Their reporters are watching people – children and
elderly – die before their eyes.
injured, dehydrated, starving, and scared feel abandoned. In
the hot, stinking Superdome,
where 25,000 refugees await evacuation, fires and fighting are
breaking out. Fear,
anger, and hopelessness will push conditions to a boil, and more
people than necessary will die – mostly the innocent victims of
this horrible disaster.
Do we need to
request U.N Aid and Peace Keeping Forces?
appears we lack the expertise and leadership to prevent or deal
with a major national crisis.
Why aren't these convoys and helicopters dropping in water,
food, and medicine to these trapped individuals?
Yes, conditions are deteriorating, but our National Guard
soldiers fly helicopters through Iraq every day taking gunfire for
a far less legitimate cause.
Is the relief work necessary beyond the Bush
administration's capabilities? We
do not posses the
numbers of National Guard soldiers and relief workers
necessary to get this situation under control.
Just like Iraq – not enough bodies on the ground to do
the job. Bush
cut funding to New Orleans hurricane preparations by $72.1 million
and gave eight
jets to Pakistan – FREE – valued at $36 million each = $288
million. Get the
picture. ‘Survivors’ of this crisis sure could use that $288
million and the $5.6
billion per month [this breaks down to almost $186 million a day]
or $672 BILLION PER YEAR the Neocons are throwing at Iraq,
plus the billions
in pork given to corporations this year alone.
Even worse, image
you’re a National
Guard soldier in Iraq that has family, friends, and property in
‘harm’s way, but
are stuck policing the streets of Iraq. The
irony of the situation is macabre. You
were sent to fight an urban guerilla war based on a 'buffet' of
evolving lies and rationales -- perhaps on your second or third
tour -- and your family is back home dealing with this mess alone
-- homeless, injured, starving, drowning, or dying -- and you are
not there and you don't have a clue what their condition is
because no one else does. Tragic
irony. They face an uncertain future and still may die themselves on
a street or road in Iraq. In
the news, they hear of over-the-top CEO
Florida hotels evict refugee families so fans can attend a
football game. How
would you feel to discover
your loved ones where not evacuated, even though it was known a
category 4 or 5 hurricane was approaching?
Or even worse, they still stuck in the disaster area
because at your pay scale, they
just couldn’t afford to leave.
A reckoning time
is here. The ‘Hurricane
Cowboy’ has a lot to answer for, as do the
‘knuckled-headed’ Neocons and the ‘do-nothing’ Congress.
tragedy should have been prevented.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans lives completely
destroyed while Bush fiddled with a guitar,
on a two-day speaking jaunt/fund-raiser to California and Arizona,
and ‘read’ a speech,
ironically to a group of sailors and WWII veterans:
morning, our hearts and prayers are with our fellow citizens along
the Gulf Coast," Bush said. "We know that many are
anxious to return to their homes. It's not possible at this
His heart and
prayers may have been there, but his ass sure wasn’t.
Lang, PhD < firstname.lastname@example.org
> conducts research in Organizational and Technological
Innovation primarily in the area of New and Strategic Business
A former professor, Amanda retired to Georgia and restores
and fabricates replicas of vintage, classic, antique wooden boats,
such as the '34 Garwood "Gentlemen's Racer" with her
husband, while serving as a news editor at www.opednew.com.
is a US Army Veteran, honorably discharged in '79. Her
motto: "Hysteria is always one frame of mind away...why not
keep it there?"
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