To understand this post, you must first understand one thing. I have been a strident Bush supporter.
I voted for him, twice. I think he’s been an excellent wartime Commander-In-Chief. I agree with most of his actions in both Afghanistan and Iraq. I may have some issues with many of his domestic ideas, especially those based on his religious beliefs, but I’ve been reasonably content with the idea that he didn’t seem to be pushing them too hard. They appeared to be unimportant to him. I didn’t realize that EVERYTHING that wasn’t involved with the war was unimportant to him.
As has been noted elsewhere, the Army Corps of Engineers laid out plans to strengthen New Orleans’ defenses so they could survive something like Katrina. It has also been noted that Bush vetoed the expense because the money was needed for the war effort. This was a catastrophic decision.
I could forgive it, perhaps, if he stood up and took responsibility. If he explained why he made the decision.
That’s not happening.
I’m watching CNN now, and I just saw someone from the administration talking about the failure to properly respond to this disaster. They’re laying the blame on the various agencies and saying it took the President’s personal involvement to get the ball rolling. They’re trying to paint him as the hero.
I feel ill.