Paul wrote:I knew it wouldn't take long before the liberals idiots started blaming Bush.
Because John Kerry would have stood on the shores of Louisiana and forbid the storm from coming inland.
Seriously...all the people that think it was so easy and obvious to have preperations in order for this...what did YOU do? Were you lobbying YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES to work on it?
Or are you a second guessing, opportunistic, self-loathing liberal?
Buddy, it doesn't take much brain power to figure out what I'm saying.
My argument: Bush was a day late and a dollar short when it came to aid for Katrina. It's not me, the flaming liberal that is saying it, it is everyone around the country. He was riding horses on the ranch for five days before doing anything about Katrina. It doesn't really matter why he reacted so slowly, no matter what Kanye West thinks, all that matters is the fact that he reacted slowly and that people are still homeless.
Then, I brought up the fact that Louisana was undermaned and undersupplied to cope with the tragedy, because most of the equipment and National Guard was overseas. Earlier this month, the Louisiana National Guard publicly complained that too much of it’s equipment was in Iraq. The local ABC news affiliate reported dozens of high water vehicles, Humvees, refuelers and generators are now abroad. Other states are facing shortfalls as well when facing fires, floods, or other disasters.
What you wish my argument was: Prez Bush iz waaayy two slow he shoulda ran out and sayd "mr. hurrican you stop right now" then he shoulda puled outt hiz magickal wand and stopped the waters from comin. he is such a bad guy why didnt he stop the frickin water.
kerry n everyy other demokrat woulda sooo built a fortress so katrina can't of come in. he also woulda given alllll his money to the mayor of nawlins so dat every1 could sleep good.
But, thanks for misconstruing my point.
Anyway, my prayers remain with the victims, as many of my refugees are actually flocking to my city. You question what I personally am doing to help? Well, besides donating cash, I drove a few pairs of niece's swimsuits over to a local park where some refugees were swimming.
I'm sorry if I'm turning this into a political debate, as I'm trying to remain as level-headed as possible and remember that while alot of this topic is political, our focus must remain on the still-suffering victims.
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Goatwhacker wrote:It's reported here that offers of aid have come from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Russia, Japan, France, Germany, Britain, China, Jamaica, Honduras, Greece, Venezuela, the Organisation of American States, NATO, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, South Korea, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
What, Afghanistan and Iraq aren't on that list!?!?!?!?!?
Just a little something to lighten-up the mood, people seem so tense.
WAR-TORN and impoverished Afghanistan has offered $US100,000 ($131,388) in disaster relief aid to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the US embassy in Kabul announced overnight. "Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, signed a decree, on behalf of the people of Afghanistan, for donation of $US100,000 to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the United States," a US embassy statement said.
"The people and the government of the United States have given us extensive support in difficult situations and have played a leading role in the stabilisation and reconstruction of our country and now we want to assist them in their time of need," said Khan Muhammad, an Afghan elder who delivered Mr Karzai's aid pledge to the US embassy.
In 2004, Afghanistan received pledges of more than $US4.5 billion ($5.91 billion) in foreign aid per year, about half of which came from the United States.
Hurricane Katrina struck the US Gulf Coast last week, killing an unknown number of people, with the death toll feared to be in the thousands.
VHawk15 wrote:Then, I brought up the fact that Louisana was undermaned and undersupplied to cope with the tragedy, because most of the equipment and National Guard was overseas.
You know I don't think Bush's response to Katrina was very good, but this statement isn't accurate. Most of the Louisiana National Guard was not overseas, the figures I've seen were a quarter to a third. The portion that was overseas were not MP's, which was the specialty most needed in New Orleans.
I've written before that I think Bush was too slow to act and was a weak leader immediately after the storm. But many of the criticisms about the National Guard are coming from people who were against the Iraq war in the first place and are happy to have another reason to complain about it.
Calling up the National Guard isn't like calling Domino's for a pizza. I've been reading about this for week and I still don't completely grasp the rules for calling them up and the relationship between state and federal.