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White House Shifts Blame (WP front page)
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Posted on 09/03/2005 7:52:14 PM PDT by jmc1969

Bush administration officials blame state and local authorities for what leaders at all levels have called a failure of the country's emergency management.

Behind the scenes, a power struggle emerged, as federal officials tried to wrest authority from Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D). Shortly before midnight Friday, the Bush administration sent her a proposed legal memorandum asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, a source within the state's emergency operations center said Saturday.

The administration had sought control over National Guard units, normally under control of the governor. Louisiana officials rejected the request, noting that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law. State authorities suspected a political motive behind the request.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: blanco; cary; demlies; federalization; federalize; katrina; medialies; zaq
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The MSM is totally out for blood. This proves the opposite of their freeking title of the article.
1 posted on 09/03/2005 7:52:14 PM PDT by jmc1969
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To: jmc1969

Washington Compost...sucks sucks sucks


2 posted on 09/03/2005 7:53:59 PM PDT by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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To: jmc1969
Somehow the WH putting out the timeline for the runup to the hurricane is "shifting blame".
3 posted on 09/03/2005 7:54:23 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Can we swap Cindy Sheehan in Crawford for Cindy Crawford anywhere?)
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To: jmc1969

Is this the friday before the hurricane or the friday after?


4 posted on 09/03/2005 7:55:41 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: jmc1969

Babineaux Blanco; I believe that's French for 'empty suit'.


5 posted on 09/03/2005 7:56:30 PM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: jmc1969

There you go. They've come full circle. First it was, "Bush was asleep at the switch and didn't do enough early on." Now it's, "Bush tried to take control too soon due to political motivations."

Only the psychotic left could pull this dog and pony show and think they could get away with it.

Just when I thought they couldn't go any lower. How many times have I had to say that?


6 posted on 09/03/2005 7:57:33 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: jmc1969

BLECH! BARFF!! ECCCCCHHHH!!!


7 posted on 09/03/2005 7:59:38 PM PDT by drlevy88
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Oh course it is the White House shifting blame. See, there is a template that the MSM has for what went wrong, and since the facts don't agree with that template they have to start yelling. And when someone screams all that comes to mind is an old adage: "why am I yelling? Because I am wrong!"

It does not matter that Blanco did everything wrong, the template says that it is all Bush's fault. How dare he work from his ranch for 5 weeks. How dare he not meet with "Mother" Shehan. How dare he breath air that someone more worthy could breath. The MSM will do all they can to try and ruin the President no matter what the truth is.

8 posted on 09/03/2005 7:59:46 PM PDT by Sthitch
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To: jmc1969
State authorities suspected a political motive behind the request. "Quite frankly, if they'd been able to pull off taking it away from the locals, they then could have blamed everything on the locals," said the source, who is an adviser and does not have the authority to speak publicly.

It's finally happened. The 'Hate Bush' mentality has come home to roost and is now affecting policy decisions.

9 posted on 09/03/2005 7:59:51 PM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Bush SHOULD federalize LA. It is the only way to get this under control.


10 posted on 09/03/2005 8:00:45 PM PDT by Texasforever
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To: jmc1969

yeah? Well I'm out for blood too. Theirs.

They are the lowest scum on Earth and now it's time to expose the vernim with the best assets at our disposal. THE TRUTH!

Shifting blame like Hell, puttin it right it squarely belongs more like it WAPO!


11 posted on 09/03/2005 8:01:47 PM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: jmc1969
The administration had sought control over National Guard units, normally under control of the governor. Louisiana officials rejected the request, noting that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law. State authorities suspected a political motive behind the request.

Thank God Bush took over. My gosh, those people were in dire straights and suffering under the hand of Blanco.

The MSM knows who's to blame for this screw up, and that's why they're on the attack. Had Bush not saved the day, those poor people would still be screaming from their roof tops. Nothing happened until he moved in, and that's pretty darn obvious to any one with a brain.

12 posted on 09/03/2005 8:01:49 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal.")
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To: 6SJ7
Babineaux Blanco; I believe that's French for 'empty suit'.

Roughly translated it means, "mouth of a whore."

13 posted on 09/03/2005 8:01:59 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (we don't need no stinkin' tagline.)
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To: Raycpa

Looks like it was done the Friday after the hurricane.


14 posted on 09/03/2005 8:02:36 PM PDT by new cruelty
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To: Sthitch
In addition to beating up on Bush they have to protect the minority leadership and the woman. Wouldn't want people thinking that women who have never been in a leadership position don't know how to act in an emergency.
15 posted on 09/03/2005 8:03:02 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Can we swap Cindy Sheehan in Crawford for Cindy Crawford anywhere?)
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To: jmc1969

Screw the MSM. Especially the comPOST.

In any disaster, fixing it STARTS at the local level and goes UP. Only the MSM can make the whole thing GBush's fault - from global warming cooking the storm, to dysintery in the superdome.

I have my problems with GWB, but i DONT LIKE LIES. and that's what the MSM has become IMO - A SPREADER OF LIES, working in concert with the Rats. Even Fox - ShepSmith in particular - continues to push the idea that somehow all this would have been MINOR if GWB wasnt on vacation. Lies, Lies, Lies. I'm tired of it. Thank GOD for Free Republic so I can vent.


16 posted on 09/03/2005 8:03:05 PM PDT by Zrob (freedom without lies)
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To: atomicpossum

We're going to need lots and lots of rabies clinics. Foaming at the mouth nuts they are...


17 posted on 09/03/2005 8:03:21 PM PDT by listenhillary
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To: jmc1969

The fit has hit the shan.


18 posted on 09/03/2005 8:03:47 PM PDT by alloysteel ("Master of the painfully obvious.....")
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To: jmc1969
As misleading as the article's headline is, the facts within the story look terrible for NOLA...

The Bush Admin steps up and tries to take the leadership role of what should be a state/local responsibility...

No one in their right mind will deny that the situation under state/local control has been an ancillary disaster...

The mere fact that the state/local authorities are resisting will be devastating politically...and so would capitulating....

Meanwhile...out of the ashes of tragedy, Bush's leadership stature will be solidified....

All Bush needs to do now is appoint Gulianni as the NOLA Recovery CZAR...

Politically this an extremely deft move on Bush's part...Has Rove all over it...
19 posted on 09/03/2005 8:03:54 PM PDT by antaresequity
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To: jmc1969
said the source, who is an adviser and does not have the authority to speak publicly.

This sentence alone tells everyone the true agenda of the MSM.

It's just too absurd.

20 posted on 09/03/2005 8:04:05 PM PDT by NavySEAL F-16 (Proud to be a Reagan Republican)
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To: jmc1969

Shifts Blame.......no, just telling it like it REALLY is!!!


21 posted on 09/03/2005 8:05:06 PM PDT by Jewels1091
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To: jmc1969
The MSM is totally out for blood. This proves the opposite of their freeking title of the article.

Well, since the MSM automatically puts the blame on Bush for every problem from the very beginning, even before the facts are out, any future revelations of facts by the White House qualifies as a "shift of blame" by their warped logic.

22 posted on 09/03/2005 8:05:19 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: antaresequity

FEMA Brown ain't lookin real good these days.


23 posted on 09/03/2005 8:05:20 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Can we swap Cindy Sheehan in Crawford for Cindy Crawford anywhere?)
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To: jmc1969

If Blanco turned down Bush's request to federalize the troops, then she should be impeached. And judging from the excuse they gave the reporter, it seems that she did.


24 posted on 09/03/2005 8:05:35 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: jmc1969

you know you could almost become aggravated with the hypocracy. bush is such an e-vile man. after all he caused the hurricane just so he could declare martial law.;)


25 posted on 09/03/2005 8:06:27 PM PDT by deprived5650
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To: jmc1969

Actually, despite the misleading headline, this clearly shows that President Bush, having no faith in DemoRats to handle the situation competently, did precisely the right thing.

If Bubblehead Blanco had ceded authority to the President on Friday night as he requested, the vast majority of people would have been evacuated and this whole fiasco could have been avoided.


26 posted on 09/03/2005 8:06:45 PM PDT by Libertarian444
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To: jmc1969

Of course the White house was trying to take control.

The Governor wasn't taking the needed action to save thousands.


27 posted on 09/03/2005 8:06:55 PM PDT by DB ()
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To: antaresequity; All

That's the way I read this story too...Im I missing something...I know my brain has turned to mush the last couple of days.


28 posted on 09/03/2005 8:07:27 PM PDT by mystery-ak (Home of the free, because of the Brave.....do you understand that Cindy?)
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To: jmc1969

Some editor made up the headline.
If the President attempted to take any power away from this inept Governor and the Mayor in need of a "Jones" then that's good news.
We need the events from Saturday through Thursday to come out.
Who said what and who did what. This is a start.
The Feds will come out on top, when the whole story is known.


29 posted on 09/03/2005 8:07:39 PM PDT by ConservativeGreek
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To: antaresequity

Bush should have declared NO a federal military district and booted Nagin and the other buffoons out.


30 posted on 09/03/2005 8:07:49 PM PDT by pierrem15
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To: jmc1969

This article shows that Bush was in control and that Blanco would not seed authority to the Feds out of fear - and people died. Do they know this article exhonerates Bush?


31 posted on 09/03/2005 8:07:52 PM PDT by Cathy
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To: DoughtyOne
There you go. They've come full circle. First it was, "Bush was asleep at the switch and didn't do enough early on." Now it's, "Bush tried to take control too soon due to political motivations." Only the psychotic left could pull this dog and pony show and think they could get away with it.

Unfortunately, they often do.


32 posted on 09/03/2005 8:08:01 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Texasforever

It's not 100% clear what is going on. If you think about it, Bush sent in active duty troops today. That's is a federal assignment. It wasn't ordered by the state. In effect he has federalized it to a certain extent.


33 posted on 09/03/2005 8:08:23 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: jmc1969

Yep, and Friday is when things started getting a lot better. This proves she is a total incompetant.


34 posted on 09/03/2005 8:08:48 PM PDT by Diva
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To: Texasforever

...I know what you mean though. I'm somewhat open to that, although he'd probably catch flack for that too.


35 posted on 09/03/2005 8:09:00 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: antaresequity

Ditto!
You got it right on!


36 posted on 09/03/2005 8:09:02 PM PDT by ConservativeGreek
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To: Raycpa
Appears to the the Friday after (yesterday as I post late Sat night 9/3). Interestingly enough, this should backfire on the Dem governor since she is complaining about the Feds trying to take control thereby admitting two things: 1) the Feds aren't in control and 2) therefore she is in control and as such completely responsible. Whoops.
38 posted on 09/03/2005 8:09:57 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Freedom of speech makes it much easier to spot the idiots." [Jay Lessig, 2/7/2005])
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To: Dog; My2Cents; Howlin; nopardons; OXENinFLA; kcvl; prairiebreeze; mystery-ak; MJY1288; Peach; ...
Behind the scenes, a power struggle emerged, as federal officials tried to wrest authority from Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D). Shortly before midnight Friday, the Bush administration sent her a proposed legal memorandum asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, a source within the state's emergency operations center said Saturday.

Check this out

39 posted on 09/03/2005 8:11:02 PM PDT by Mo1
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"All Bush needs to do now is appoint Gulianni as the NOLA Recovery CZAR... "

You know I was thinking along these lines today and was hoping it would happen and Rudy would have a press conference and the first question would be "why did the feds screw up" and his answer would be they didn't the layor and state did by not following their plan!

40 posted on 09/03/2005 8:11:57 PM PDT by america-rules
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To: Raycpa

sure sounds like the friday after


41 posted on 09/03/2005 8:12:08 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Scouts Up! http://www.scouting.org/media/katrina/unithelp.html)
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To: DoughtyOne
...I know what you mean though. I'm somewhat open to that, although he'd probably catch flack for that too.

NO is obviously a case of when the constitution can be a suicide pact. It is obvious that the Feds were doing all they could to stay within their constitutional boundaries and defer to state and local governments BUT those governments are so criminally incompetent it has heaped one disaster on top of another.

42 posted on 09/03/2005 8:12:42 PM PDT by Texasforever
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Louisiana Democrats have orchestrated a humanitarian disaster by refusing to allow the Bush administration to provide adequate resources as needed. They then tried to blame Bush for their concocted disaster. These chickens will come home to roost.
At the very least the Mayor and Governor must be impeached. Theirs and the entire Democrat establishment deserve the disgust of the American people.


43 posted on 09/03/2005 8:12:54 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (PAY AND PRAY FOR THE VICTIMS)
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To: jmc1969

Excellent news from the White House. Bush knew, hell yes he knew. He never admitted the federal government was not reacting quickly enough, as the MSM has reported. He was talking about the locals


44 posted on 09/03/2005 8:13:42 PM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: Soul Seeker
Doesn't matter what the WP claim

This article clearly states that Blanco refused Fed involvement but they were more concerned about power

45 posted on 09/03/2005 8:14:28 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: Texasforever
Exactly... It's obvious that the Governor couldn't find her fat ass with a flash light and a map if her life depended on it
46 posted on 09/03/2005 8:14:56 PM PDT by MJY1288 (Whenever a Liberal is Speaking on the Senate Floor, Al-Jazeera Breaks in and Covers it LIVE)
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To: Mo1

BINGO Mo1, The proof is in the pudding


47 posted on 09/03/2005 8:15:58 PM PDT by MJY1288 (Whenever a Liberal is Speaking on the Senate Floor, Al-Jazeera Breaks in and Covers it LIVE)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
What should Brown be doing he is not doing?

Other than resting complete control of NOLA away from its leadership, how can Brown perform better?

Last I checked convoy after convoy was flowing into the area. Meanwhile Nagin just keep spouting his rampages showing absolutely no leadership.

In fact Nagin sounds like just another dependent NO citizen, incapable of self sufficiency and leadership.

Pathetic

Do you think Gulianni would be whining and crying like some spoiled brat or would he instead roll up his sleeves and direct recovery efforts?

Nagin is a n incalcatrent piss-ant and Brown is working overtime...

48 posted on 09/03/2005 8:16:47 PM PDT by antaresequity
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To: MJY1288

Bush must have given those two idiots hell on Marine One...LOL


49 posted on 09/03/2005 8:16:57 PM PDT by mystery-ak (Home of the free, because of the Brave.....do you understand that Cindy?)
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To: SweetPrincess

Email the White House and tell them what you think.

To be honest, I'm not a big fan of the trash talk about the Mayor or the Governor. I don't think they've done stellar work by any means. At a time like this though, it's best to pull together.

Yes the buses should have been utilized. That's behind us. We still need to focus on what needs to be done now.

There will come a time to eviscerate those who have failed La. I just don't think this is the day.

That's one of the major reasons why I find it so despicable to have the media go after Bush the way some of them are. There is nothing, absolutely nothing lower than a reporter.

They may do stellar work at times, but as a profession there simply isn't much redeeming qualities to it, and even those are overshadowed by exploitation journalism.

Some will point out mass murderers as being worse than reporters. Frankly folks, I'd like to remind you that reporters are often the largest single contributing factor behind public sympathy for the killers among us, and the muted sentences they get.

Nope, the MSM slithers on it's belly from one feast to the next.


50 posted on 09/03/2005 8:17:02 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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