Sunday, September 04, 2005

Bush's 'Homeland' Eats His Dogwork

"I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees"
George W. Bush, Sept. 1, 2005, Good Morning America

""I've had no reports of unrest, if the connotation of the word unrest means that people are beginning to riot, or you know, they're banging on walls and screaming and hollering or burning tires or whatever. I've had no reports of that...I
actually think the security is pretty darn good. There's some really bad people out there that are causing some problems, and it seems to me that every time a bad person wants to scream of cause a problem, there's somebody there with a camera to stick it in their face."

Michael D. Brown, Chief of FEMA, Sept. 1, 2005

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."
~George W. Bush, Sept. 2, 2005

A great American city is left to "
the dead and the dying."

President Bush is playing politics with Hurricane Katrina.

The President is not stupid, despite what many liberals think.

George Bush knew very well that nearly everyone expected the levees to be breached.

George Bush knew that people were starting to remind everyone else of the facts.

George Bush may think that if he says something demonstrably false, that will force the opposition into correcting him.

Once the President is corrected on the facts, Bush's propaganda apparatus launches counter-attacks on the various whistleblowers and witnesses.

Once confusion sets in, the Bush partisans accuse Democrats of what they, the Bush people, actually began.

Sure enough, shortly after Bush started playing politics, he had the chutzpah to tell Diane Sawyer , "I hope no one plays politics" with the tragedy.

It's a highly cynical passive -aggressive strategy; Bush and Cheney love this method. Cheney? Where he?

It may not work this time. He made very wrongheaded remarks.

Erstwhile Bush supporters like Jack Cafferty seem to be breaking ranks on air .

Some of Bush's conservative media allies, like Dave Brooks, appear to be scoping out exit ramps.

Further, this is not just a domestic scandal. The President's performance has become an international embarassment.

Laura Rozen reports on one sad stunt that should bother:

There was a striking dicrepancy between the CNN International report on the Bush visit to the New Orleans disaster zone, yesterday, and reports of the same event by German TV. ZDF News reported that the president's visit was a completely staged event.

Their crew witnessed how the open air food distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time.

The people in the area were once again left to fend for themselves, said ZDF.

Americans have no idea that they are watching only 'Potemkin Photo-Ops.'

As the above above link shows, some of these PR stunts may have had tragic consequences by hampering real rescue efforts being conducted by real heroes.

This PR baloney is well reported overseas. Bush's team fools only those he is supposed to serve and claims to lead.

To cap it off, when it was reported that Bush admitted Federal efforts were not adequate, he was not actually accepting responsibility.

Rather, Bush was trying to shift blame to those below him or in other jurisdictions, just like he did with Abu Ghraib.

No wonder the right hated Truman so much; the Bush people think 'the buck' never reaches Bush's desk, much less stop there.