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The post-Katrina presidency
The Washington Times ^ | September 15, 2005 | TODAY'S EDITORIAL

Posted on 09/15/2005 4:19:16 AM PDT by .cnI redruM

In remarks Tuesday on Hurricane Katrina, President Bush spoke of "serious problems in our response capability" and questioned whether the United States can handle another major storm or a terrorist attack. "To the extent that the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility," the president asserted. Well said: These are steps along the higher road and are to be applauded.

But the country needs Mr. Bush to follow up with real policy changes in order to ensure recovery. It needs more than first responders, too: The president must reassess the full gamut of our vulnerabilities, from the porous borders to the paucity of Arabic translators in the military to the need for more cargo inspectors in our ports. Those are just a few of the problems the president needs to seriously re-address. Only real leadership can elevate the debate above the recriminations evident in the last two weeks.

Toward that end, we hope to see him announce a top-to-bottom review of the nation's homeland-security and disaster-preparedness capabilities. There are some indications Mr. Bush will do this. For one, on Tuesday the president pointed toward bold actions to fix the problems. "Are we capable of dealing with a severe attack or another severe storm?" he asked. "That's a very important question and it's in our national interest that we find out exactly what went on so we can better respond."

(Excerpt) Read more at washtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush43; dhs; disasterrelief; fema; katrina; term2
What any of this fails to address is the fact that the most necessary correct response is the correct response from the people already on the scene.
1 posted on 09/15/2005 4:19:17 AM PDT by .cnI redruM
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To: .cnI redruM

We also need to address the fact that THINGS HAPPEN.

For some reason, Americans have an optimism that borders on some Barney-like airy-fairy idea that bad things can be completely prevented.


2 posted on 09/15/2005 4:21:31 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: .cnI redruM
What any of this fails to address is the fact that the most necessary correct response is the correct response from the people already on the scene

Exactly right. LESS bureacracy not MORE is the answer. Pity even the WT cannot figure that out

3 posted on 09/15/2005 4:22:15 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Professional Journalism the Buggy Whip makers of the 21st century)
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To: OpusatFR

Barney mentality. So true.


4 posted on 09/15/2005 4:45:24 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: .cnI redruM
we hope to see him announce a top-to-bottom review of the nation's homeland-security and disaster-preparedness capabilities.

I wonder if that will include an investigation of the democrat governor of NJ appointing his non qualified homosexual lover as State Homeland Security Director

Notice how the MSM NEVER made this a national issue
5 posted on 09/15/2005 5:00:36 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: .cnI redruM; Admin Moderator

This a double-posted thread


6 posted on 09/15/2005 5:24:36 AM PDT by apackof2 (Never underestimate the power of a fuzzy friend!)
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To: .cnI redruM
How much money has already been appropriated to home land security? I suggest the Admin. just follow the money trail.
7 posted on 09/15/2005 5:30:19 AM PDT by wolfcreek
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