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Gov. Haley Barbour Urged to Blame Bush
newsmax.com ^ | Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005 11:58 a.m. EDT

Posted on 09/01/2005 9:19:42 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005 11:58 a.m. EDT Gov. Haley Barbour Urged to Blame Bush

The media continues search for ways to pin the blame for Hurricane Katrina's devastation on President Bush, with television anchors now getting into the act.

Appearing Thursday on CNN's "American Morning," Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was aggressively grilled over whether the "federal government" [i.e., the Bush administration] "dropped the ball" on disaster preparation efforts.

"We knew it was a strong storm developing for several days before it ever made landfall," AM host Miles O'Brien told Barbour, before asking: "Do you have the sense that the federal government has dropped the ball here, sir?" Barbour rebuffed O'Brien's attempt to get him to play the blame game, insisting that he had his facts wrong.

"I think it's very unfair for the federal government, for you to say we knew this was a great powerful storm," he told the CNN'er. "This was a category 1 hurricane when it hit Florida. Now that's the truth."

Instead of agreeing to disagree, O'Brien insisted it was Barbour who had his facts wrong.

"Governor, it was a category 5 storm," he declared. "No, no, Governor Barbour . . . surely there was enough knowledge in advance that this was a huge killer storm a matter of days, not hours, before it ever struck landfall. And it seems to me the military" could have done more.

Still, the Mississippi Republican refused to be steamrollered, challenging the CNN host: "Now, Miles, if this is an interview or an argument, I don't care. But if you want to let me tell you what I think, I will."

With that, O'Brien relented and let Barbour have his say.

"I'm not going to agree [that the federal government dropped the ball] because I don't believe it's true," he told CNN. "The federal government came in here from the first minute -- in fact, in advance. They have been tremendously helpful."

Here's the full exchange between O'Brien and Barbour:

The governor of Mississippi is Haley Barbour. He joins us now live.

Governor Barbour, good to have you with us. Bring us up to date on the numbers. First of all, those numbers I just gave, are they accurate to the moment?

GOV. HALEY BARBOUR, MISSISSIPPI: Well, they're credible, Miles. They're certainly not official, but it's because the government has a policy of not counting fatalities until they've been certified by the coroner. But those numbers are credible, and we worry that they may go up some.

M. O'BRIEN: And when you say, "They may go up some," you've obviously been down there. I've been down there. I've seen the extent of the wreckage. I get the sense that they may go up quite a bit. What are you hearing about people who have missing loved ones or friends?

BARBOUR: Well, you have been down there, and between the coast and the railroad for an area of probably about 50 miles, there's total devastation. I mean, there's virtually nothing standing. Homes that are just totally obliterated. And going through that debris, some of which is waist deep or as tall as a man, going through that takes time. We've rescued a lot of people, and we've found a lot of people. But under all of that debris, it's realistic to believe there's going to be more people.

M. O'BRIEN: Let's talk about the response and what was put into position in advance of this storm. We knew about Katrina. We knew it was a strong storm developing for several days before it ever made landfall. Do you have the sense -- because it's quite clear that state and local officials cannot handle this on their own. This is too overwhelming. Do you have the sense that the federal government has dropped the ball here, sir?

BARBOUR: I really don't. And I think it's very unfair for the federal government, for you to say we knew this was a great powerful storm. This was a category 1 hurricane when it hit Florida. Now that's the truth.

M. O'BRIEN: Governor, it was a category 5 storm.

BARBOUR: The federal government...

M. O'BRIEN: A category 5 storm when it was...

BARBOUR: No, it was a category 1 -- it was a category 1 storm when it hit Florida. It was a category 5 storm a few hours before it came ashore.

M. O'BRIEN: No, no, Governor Barbour...

BARBOUR: The federal government have been tremendous partners in this. They have helped...

M. O'BRIEN: Governor Barbour, surely there was enough knowledge in advance that this was a huge killer storm a matter of days, not hours, before it ever struck landfall. And it seems to me the military...

BARBOUR: Now, Miles, if this is an interview or an argument, I don't care. But if you want to let me tell you what I think, I will.

M. O'BRIEN: OK, go ahead. BARBOUR: And what I think is this storm strengthened in the Gulf. We begged the people to leave, and thousands of people left. Thousands of people left New Orleans. The federal government came in here from the first minute -- in fact, in advance. They have been tremendously helpful, whether it's the Coast Guard, the Corps of Engineers, FEMA.

M. O'BRIEN: But...

BARBOUR: I don't think it's at all fair...

M. O'BRIEN: But...

BARBOUR: ... and I'm not going to agree to that, because I don't believe it's true.

M. O'BRIEN: But conspicuously absent from that short list you just gave us was the military, the Pentagon. This is a type of situation that cries out for the kind of support, the kind of logistics, the kind of coordination the military is ideally suited for. Why weren't more military assets pre-positioned and ready for the possibility here?

BARBOUR: We pre-positioned more than 1,000 National Guard, 175 on the coastal counties, 1,000 more 60 miles inland, so that they wouldn't be swept away in the storm. And as soon as it became clear where the storm was going to hit, even Alabama had sent us National Guard. Pennsylvania has offered us and is sending us 2,500 National Guard.

M. O'BRIEN: But...

BARBOUR: Would I have liked to have had 5,000 National Guard on the ground on Tuesday morning? Yes, that's not -- other states are not going to give up their National Guard until they see what's happening to them. I don't blame them.

M. O'BRIEN: But I'm talking about assets, like, you know, amphibious vehicles that the Navy has. It has helicopter support, hospital support, the ability to generate power, that sort of thing. We haven't seen that kind of thing, the kind of thing we saw, incidentally, in the wake of the tsunami.

BARBOUR: Well, I'm not going to be critical of what the federal government has done. We're very grateful for it. You know, it's easy to go back and pick the bones, but we feel like they have tried very hard.

This is the worst natural disaster that's ever struck the United States. Everybody down here is trying hard. Everybody is tired and fractious. So, I don't want to argue with you about it. But a lot of people from all over the country are helping us, and we really appreciate them, because we're making progress. And we're going to recover from what has been a grievous blow to our state, not just the coast. And we're going to rebuild, and it's going to be bigger and better than ever. But we're not going to do it by nitpicking.

M. O'BRIEN: Governor Haley Barbour, Mississippi. Thank you for your time, sir.

BARBOUR: Thank you, Miles.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: barbour; katrina; keyword; liberalmedia
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I blame the cat.


1 posted on 09/01/2005 9:19:43 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch
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To: InvisibleChurch

The sick left is repulsive. Open your eyes America and take a real hard look at these losers.


2 posted on 09/01/2005 9:22:15 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: InvisibleChurch

Barbour handled himself well, I think.


3 posted on 09/01/2005 9:22:17 AM PDT by RockinRight (What part of ILLEGAL immigration do they not understand?)
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To: InvisibleChurch

I saw that interview in CNN and Gov. Barbour was GREAT. They kept trying to put words in his mouth and trap him and he wouldn't have any of it. They kept asking "How could the Federal Government have done a better job" and he kept saying that the Federal Government has been great and given them everything they've asked for.


4 posted on 09/01/2005 9:23:13 AM PDT by mbynack
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To: InvisibleChurch
and what did the Draft Dodger Clintoon do to reinforce the levee system in Nawleans while he was POTUS for eight friggn' years?

anyone?...anyone????
5 posted on 09/01/2005 9:24:34 AM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Barbour for President in '08.

He's been great throughout all of this, as has Perry in covering the slack for Blanco.

Thank God he's calling these scum on their political agendas.


6 posted on 09/01/2005 9:24:47 AM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: InvisibleChurch

LOL! BAD KITTY!

I feel like smacking the next idiot who tries to tell me that there's no bias in the media or worse- that the MSM is conservatively biased.


7 posted on 09/01/2005 9:25:21 AM PDT by Riley (STOP CASTING POROSITY!!)
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To: InvisibleChurch
And it seems to me the military" could have done more.

Wow, a liberal calling for the use of the military?

I guess when you think about it then it makes sense. Liberals think of the military as cheap labor.

 

8 posted on 09/01/2005 9:25:36 AM PDT by street_lawyer
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To: mbynack

I just could not believe my eyes and ears watching this. WTF does Miles O'Brien know about moving Navy ships and prepositioning supplies? This storm was so big it covered nearly the entire Gulf. Was the Navy supposed to send in ships before it hit and have them swamped? I don't THINK so. The Coast Guard - last time I looked it was a part of the U.S. miltary - was on the scene in New Orleans within hours with rescue helicopters.

It wasn't the baiting so much as the incredible presumption of superior knowledge abut hurricane preparedness and response by O'Brien that made me mad.


9 posted on 09/01/2005 9:27:57 AM PDT by Dems_R_Losers (2,4,6,8 - a burka makes me look overweight!)
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To: InvisibleChurch
But if you want to let me tell you what I think, I will I saw this. CNN is back in polical whack-a-Bush mode. Made me want to retch.

But if you want to let me tell you what I think, I will

THAT was a great answer, but unfortunately Ted's network is not there to really inquire as to what Republicans think, only to properly form the opionions of voters, er, viewers to their "correct political orientation" to quote Mao.

10 posted on 09/01/2005 9:28:00 AM PDT by epluribus_2
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To: InvisibleChurch

Can you imagine CNN asking tough questions of Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin? Such as, "Why didn't you organize an evacuation", or, "Why didn't you call out the National Guard earlier". I can't imagine it. The only negative comment about Mayor Nagin I heard came from a young African American girl at the Astrodome. She said, "Nagin didn't do nothing for us."


11 posted on 09/01/2005 9:28:39 AM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: epluribus_2
...but unfortunately Ted's network is not there to really inquire as to what Republicans think, only to properly form the opionions of voters, er, viewers to their "correct political orientation" to quote Mao.

We should all get down on our knees and thank God that NOBODY WATCHES THAT CHANNEL ANYMORE!
12 posted on 09/01/2005 9:30:26 AM PDT by AaronInCarolina
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To: EagleUSA

I read this transcript with growing anger.

We have a natural disaster, a major US city devastated, hundreds dead, etc... and this mouthpiece of DNC simply wants to leverage it for their advantage.

I disagree with the notion that the US Gov't/US Military should have acted sooner/deployed sooner.


13 posted on 09/01/2005 9:32:00 AM PDT by Made In The USA
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To: EagleUSA

Roger that ~ the moonbat MSM at it's worst ~ Bump!


14 posted on 09/01/2005 9:32:08 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Soul Seeker

That's what I've been thinking. He's really stepping up here.


15 posted on 09/01/2005 9:32:53 AM PDT by oldleft
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To: Soul Seeker

He might be Katrina's Rudy Giuliani. I certainly haven't seen anyone else that fits the bill.


16 posted on 09/01/2005 9:35:01 AM PDT by Trust but Verify (( ))
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To: Dems_R_Losers
You know, it's not too easy to move Naval assets into place when there's a CATAGORY 5 HURRICANE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO!!! But good ol' Miles is smarter than me and all the other Navy vets.
17 posted on 09/01/2005 9:35:32 AM PDT by oldleft
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To: InvisibleChurch
Katrina Cat 1 when it hit Florida
18 posted on 09/01/2005 9:37:13 AM PDT by MarkeyD (Cindy - The new 'C' word! I really, really loathe liberals.)
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To: AaronInCarolina
We should all get down on our knees and thank God that NOBODY WATCHES THAT CHANNEL ANYMORE!

You about summed up my feelings.

19 posted on 09/01/2005 9:37:38 AM PDT by hawkaw
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To: Made In The USA

I disagree with the notion that the US Gov't/US Military should have acted sooner/deployed sooner.
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So do I. The problem was in the preparedness of the area. They were not protected well enough. It should have been a major priority a LONG TIME AGO to beef up their levee systems -- and it did not happen, even when it was brought to the attention of Clinton at the Federal level in 1998. He refused to support the project.


20 posted on 09/01/2005 9:37:57 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Made In The USA
I read this transcript with growing anger.

We have a natural disaster, a major US city devastated, hundreds dead, etc... and this mouthpiece of DNC simply wants to leverage it for their advantage.

The political equivalent of looting. When the chips are down, you really get to see who is made of what. All I see is real Americans wading into the septic, stinking mess and braving gunfire to try save lives, and the left-wing political organs working overtime to make hay out of this.

Makes me sick and angry.

21 posted on 09/01/2005 9:38:05 AM PDT by Riley (STOP CASTING POROSITY!!)
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To: Trust but Verify

Agreed.


22 posted on 09/01/2005 9:39:30 AM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: InvisibleChurch

We all know that Bush is to blame for everything ... my goodness, he could have stopped the storm had he really wanted to!


23 posted on 09/01/2005 9:39:35 AM PDT by TexasGreg ("Democrats Piss Me Off")
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To: InvisibleChurch

Miles O'Brien should get the karmic justice that he truly deserves.. what a p*ssy boy. No character-having weenie. I hate the Left.


24 posted on 09/01/2005 9:40:05 AM PDT by faithincowboys
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To: oldleft

Bill Plante's (CBS) first question to Scott McLellan at WH news briefing: "where's the cavalry?"


25 posted on 09/01/2005 9:40:43 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: kellynla

Nothing and what have the rats done to help us modernize our energy infrastructure. Answer, nothing but block the road.


26 posted on 09/01/2005 9:42:17 AM PDT by faithincowboys
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To: InvisibleChurch
"We knew it was a strong storm developing for several days before it ever made landfall," AM host Miles O'Brien told Barbour, before asking: "Do you have the sense that the federal government has dropped the ball here, sir?"

"Absolutely, Miles. As the storm approached I urged the President to use his Secret Squadron Radio to contact Starfleet so that the population could be beamed aboard orbiting starships and await the storm's passage. However, Bush refused, telling me that the ships were already full of Halliburton employees and friends in the oil industry..."

27 posted on 09/01/2005 9:45:40 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: EagleUSA
It should have been a major priority a LONG TIME AGO to beef up their levee systems -- and it did not happen, even when it was brought to the attention of Clinton at the Federal level in 1998. He refused to support the project.

Have you seen close-up pictures of the breached canal flood walls? Those walls were at most 1 foot thick with ABSOLUTELY NO EARTHEN SUPPORT ON THE OUTSIDE!!! They were a catastrophe waiting to happen. The levees that lined the lake and the river were much, much more reinforced. The weakness was the canals that dissected the city. It was utter folly to reinforce the canals much less stringently than the levees along the lake. Did they not realize that a break in the canal flood walls would be just as catastrophic as a break in the levee along the lake? For Pete's sake, a simple terrorist IED could take out one of those thin flood walls. This could just as well have been a terrorist act, with very little explosives needed to take out the thin flood wall. Thank God none of them thought of that. But they will from now on.
28 posted on 09/01/2005 9:46:00 AM PDT by AaronInCarolina
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To: RockinRight

Barbour was perceived by the 'Rats as the Karl Rove of his day, when he ran the RNC; he flummoxed 'em....I'd like to see him back at the federal level.


29 posted on 09/01/2005 9:46:11 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Cindy, ya shoulda stuck with "offshore drilling" as your cause)
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To: ErnBatavia

President Barbour??


30 posted on 09/01/2005 9:46:40 AM PDT by RockinRight (What part of ILLEGAL immigration do they not understand?)
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To: RockinRight

That's what I'm thinking.


31 posted on 09/01/2005 9:47:42 AM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: Soul Seeker

Well if he handles this aftermath correctly...he could very well raise his profile enough to be a shoo-in.


32 posted on 09/01/2005 9:48:50 AM PDT by RockinRight (What part of ILLEGAL immigration do they not understand?)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Perhpas Bush waited too long to respond.

But the real problem lay on the state level. New Orleans should have been totally evacuated uner martial law by the National Guard and at the governor's oders BEFORE the storm hit.

And when you buiild a city below sea level on the Gulf of Mexico, what do you inevitably expect???

That was as stupid as exoanding Los Angeles on a major geologic fault.


33 posted on 09/01/2005 9:50:14 AM PDT by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: Soul Seeker

Can Mississippi annex Louisiana?


34 posted on 09/01/2005 9:50:29 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: InvisibleChurch

They're all gonna sue the fed govt ....end up millionaires...get their homes build bigger and better back in the pit of New Orleans.....with a cat 10 levee......
so we might as well accept it.


35 posted on 09/01/2005 9:51:14 AM PDT by Fawn (Being a FREE COUNTRY doesn't mean EVERYTHING'S FOR FREE!!!!!!!)
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To: RockinRight
President Barbour??

I think he'd make a great senator...he knows the ins and outs and how the game is played, unlike a certain well-coiffed current MS senator.

36 posted on 09/01/2005 9:55:17 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Cindy, ya shoulda stuck with "offshore drilling" as your cause)
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To: InvisibleChurch
The MSM's myopic insistence on Bashing Bush, rather than doing real investigative reporting, has led to this disaster.

Everyone knew the US is going through a natural cycle of increased hurricane activity. We all know that city building codes often require fire escapes so residents can escape danger.

Why didn't New Orleans city codes require lifeboats so residents could escape danger?

Why weren't the environmentalists screaming about new Orleans's precarious position?

Why wasn't Dan Rather investigating the dangerous situation in New Orleans, rather than investigating Bush's National Guard service?

Geography of New Orleans

Most of the floods of the 20th century have been due to sustained periods of heavy rainfall and hurricanes. Yet, as beneficial as this system is to the city, inevitably it will spell New Orleans' doom.

The levee system that has been built along the river, coupled with the canal system to keep the interior of the city dry, prevent the land from being replenished by the annual spring floods. As a result, the land will continue to sink until eventually there will be nothing to stop the waters of the Gulf to rush back upon the fragile land.

[snip] In order to save itself from the waters surrounding it, the city of New Orleans is slowly destroying its own environment.

The final death knoll of the city may very well come from the river itself. Scientists and environmentalists know that the Mississippi is trying to change its course that will bypass the city in favor of the shorter route to the Gulf through the Atchafalaya basin. So far, the Corps of Engineers has prevented the river from doing this. But, one day, it will happen, perhaps following a direct hit from a hurricane. As late summer and early fall approach every year (hurricane season), New Orleans stands with the threat that it will lose its own lifeline. No canal system and no levee system will prevent the disaster that will follow.


37 posted on 09/01/2005 9:57:12 AM PDT by syriacus (Why didn't New Orleans city codes require lifeboats so residents could escape danger?)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Dare I say this??:.....while the liberals are pointing fingers and attacking President Bush and his administration....it's the conservatives, politicians and citizens, who are actually doing something about this tragic situation.


38 posted on 09/01/2005 9:57:23 AM PDT by auto power
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To: InvisibleChurch
This morning I had to listen to Matt Lauer ask someone if funding for proper protections to New Orleans were foregone to take care of homeland security...

It's Bush's Fault. We all know it. Why don't we admit it?

39 posted on 09/01/2005 9:59:18 AM PDT by 70times7 (An open mind is a cesspool of thought)
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To: InvisibleChurch
"Governor, it was a category 5 storm," he declared. "No, no, Governor Barbour . . . surely there was enough knowledge in advance that this was a huge killer storm a matter of days, not hours, before it ever struck landfall. And it seems to me the military" could have done more.

The National Weather Service warned Sunday morning that there would be hell on earth, basicly, in that area. The press release sounds like a movie plot. I don't know the time line for Katrina. When did it hit NO and that part of MS?

40 posted on 09/01/2005 10:06:04 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: kellynla
and what did the Draft Dodger Clintoon do to reinforce the levee system in Nawleans while he was POTUS for eight friggn' years?

Now, now...give Clinton some credit. He at least went after Microsoft and the tobacco companies.

41 posted on 09/01/2005 10:12:43 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: GraniteStateConservative

Has anyone noticed how the MSM yellow journalism does not give interviews any more? They spend most of the time giving their personal views.

Morons.


42 posted on 09/01/2005 10:14:22 AM PDT by Stashiu (RVN, 1969-70)
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To: InvisibleChurch
I am getting damned tired of the Democratic Party, the MSM, and Moonbats being constantly trying to blame President Bush for all of this!

They need to cut all that sh$ts and try to help America in the midst of its trouble!

That is, if they can rise above their hatred!

43 posted on 09/01/2005 10:15:20 AM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Landfall about 7am Monday. If it became Cat 5 Sunday am (say 10:00, just to have a time -- I don't know when it did), then there were just 21 hrs in which to ''do something''.

Which in any case by that time was impossible. HF winds would have prevented any action by anyone except a northward evac.

44 posted on 09/01/2005 10:29:03 AM PDT by SAJ
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To: EagleUSA

9/11 was 4 years ago. Homeland Security Agency has been touted as being there not only to prevent security breaches but also to handle disasters. The Feds and each state have Homeland Security agencies. The storm was headed on its way to New Orleans area for at least 3 days before it hit. New Orleans is the largest (in terms of tonnage) port in the US, it has immense strategic signifcance...it is closed now. There was no viable plan of disaster mangement for New Orleans in place before the storm. In short, the authorities cannot handle major disasters no matter what they say to build, falsely, public confidence. The money spent on homeland security agencies is a total waste.


45 posted on 09/01/2005 10:44:50 AM PDT by Rudder
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To: InvisibleChurch
"M. O'BRIEN: But I'm talking about assets, like, you know, amphibious vehicles that the Navy has. It has helicopter support, hospital support, the ability to generate power, that sort of thing. We haven't seen that kind of thing, the kind of thing we saw, incidentally, in the wake of the tsunami."

Classic case of someone who doesn't know what he's talking about. The Navy had a helicopter carrier in the gulf immediately after the storm. 3 amphibious ships, 1 salvage ship, and an oiler (to keep them fueled) pulled out of Norfolk yesterday. Why not earlier? It takes time to load up the supplies necessary for the ship, not to mention supplies to assist the victims. Also, the hospital ship USNS Comfort left port. This ship is not continually manned, but has it's medical staff pulled from Naval hospitals. This took time.

When Iraq invaded Kuwait, the USS John F. Kennedy,which was already preparing to go on deployment, took a week of people working 24 hours a day to get loaded up to leave.

I personally think that the Navy, at least, has performed admirably.

BTW, the ships that responded to the tsunami were operating in the area in the first place. No wonder they responded so quickly. Because of the scaling back of the military, there little Navy in Pensacola FL and Ingleside, TX.

Just like liberals. Cut the military and them blame them when they can't jump through hoops for you.
46 posted on 09/01/2005 10:47:45 AM PDT by fredhead ("It is a good thing war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it." General Robert E. Lee)
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To: TexasGreg

You stimulated an idea here. We really should have had President Kerry because he could have just walked out ONTO the waters of the Gulf and simply ordered the wind to cease and the storm to dissipate.


47 posted on 09/01/2005 10:48:33 AM PDT by TeaDumper
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To: InvisibleChurch
This is from Monday's Birmingham News on the Fed's preparation:

Selma staging area for relief supplies CLANTON - Selma will serve as the staging area for federal disaster relief supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, Gov. Bob Riley said Sunday. Supplies also are stockpiled at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, he said. "I've spoken with President Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff, both of whom have assured me they will offer any assistance we may need to recover from this devastating storm," Riley said in a statement released by the Emergency Management Agency at its Clanton headquarters. Alabama also has positioned supplies, sent National Guard troops to Mobile and Baldwin counties, and opened storm shelters. Riley said the state has 290,000 bags of ice, more than 250,000 gallons of water, 652,000 meals ready to eat and 110,000 tarps measuring 20 feet by 25 feet. State EMA Director Bruce Baughman said 14 rescue teams are on standby and 26 emergency shelters, including three for people with special medical needs, are open across the state.

48 posted on 09/01/2005 10:52:35 AM PDT by rhetorica
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To: AaronInCarolina

--"Did they not realize that a break in the canal flood walls would be just as catastrophic as a break in the levee along the lake?"--

Why did they not have flood GATES at the head of each canal? If they had, they would be dealing with puddles instead of a lake!


49 posted on 09/01/2005 12:22:14 PM PDT by MainFrame65
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To: fredhead
I personally think that the Navy, at least, has performed admirably.

You're correct. The LCACS (Hovercraft) left here (Panama City) yesterday to help in the recovery. Air Force Combat Control teams are already on site in New Orleans trying to get the airport up and operational. Air Force Pararescue units are assisting the Coast Guard in rescuing stranded people in NO. The Army sent in several hundred helos to assist in the recovery.

All of the service branches have done a hell of a job responding. It's not easy mobilizing that many people and sending them into an area with no infrastructure left. They have to be totally self-sufficient, bringing in their own food, water, security, fuel, spare parts, maintenance capabilities, etc.

50 posted on 09/01/2005 12:46:36 PM PDT by mbynack
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