Am I alone in having mixed feelings about Dubya cutting his vacation short--by a few days--to return to Washington and oversee relief efforts for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast devastated by Hurricane Katrina?
On the one hand, he should have jumped up much earlier before disaster struck to make sure money and resources were at hand. It's not like he didn't know the Louisiana National Guard was off in Iraq taking care of his 'other' emergency.
The Washington Post reported on Wednesday: "With thousands of their citizen-soldiers away fighting in Iraq, states hit hard by Hurricane Katrina scrambled to muster forces for rescue and security missions yesterday -- calling up Army bands and water-purification teams, among other units, and requesting help from distant states and the active-duty military."
On the other-hand, Dubya in charge of anything remotely related to life-and-death is a shivering thought. He'd do best to keep out of the way and let people capable of dealing with a crisis get on with the job.
The looting vs. foraging controversy is very sad. Blacks taking bread, diapers and baby formula from wrecked store are characterized by news reports as "looting" while whites doing the same thing are "foraging."
Sounds like business as usual. 67% of New Orleans residents are black. Poor, meaning black, without means to evacuate, are left to fend for themselves. Call it looting. It's survival any way you look at it.
Another annoying thing about this tragedy is Germany's environment minister
and others who took the devestation of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast states as an oportunity to blame America for causing the hurricanes.
I believe Global Warming phenomena are real, and something the USA needs to take seriously, but as far as I know there is no evidence, or theory even, that seasonal hurricanes are more frequent or more intense because of Global Warming.