House Knew of Levee's Failure on Night of Storm
From the NYT:
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Bush administration officials said
they had been caught by surprise when they were told on Tuesday, Aug. 30,
that a levee had broken, allowing floodwaters to engulf New Orleans.
"But Congressional investigators have now learned that an eyewitness
account of the flooding from a federal emergency official reached the Homeland
Security Department's headquarters starting at 9:27 p.m. the day before, and
the White House itself at midnight….
"Given this chain of events, investigators have repeatedly questioned
why Mr. Bush and Mr. Chertoff stated in the days after the storm that the
levee break did not happen until Tuesday, as they made an effort to explain
why they initially thought the storm had passed without the catastrophe that
some had feared." [END excerpt]
Why did they say this? It's obvious: they wanted to cover
up their own blithering incompetence and their criminal, callous disregard for
the worthless darkies and dumb crackers who drowned in New Orleans. They lied
– as they lied
about Iraq, as they lied about the poisoned
air at Ground Zero after September 11, as they lied about Pat Tillman, as
they lied about Jessica Lynch, as they lied about their
ties to Jack Abramoff, as they lied
about outing Valerie Plame, as they lied
about their election-fixing, as they lied
about their domestic spying, as they lied
about their torture program, and so on and on and on.
They lied because they are not interested in governing, in carrying
out the responsibilities of public office; they are interested only in wielding
power – untrammeled, unrestrained, unaccountable power, put to the service
of their own radical agenda of ideological extremism and crony profiteering.
This agenda is immensely unpopular among the American people at large, and so
it must be disguised at every turn – with lies, spin, half-truths, distortions,
ludicrous excuses. It doesn't really matter how implausible it is; the content
doesn't matter, that's not the point: the point is to keep throwing dust in
the public's eyes, battering them with one lie after another, relentlessly,
on all fronts, overwhelming the ability of anyone to keep track of it all, to
think through it, to see reality before the next load of dust comes flying our
is the Bush Faction's deadliest foe, because it exposes the bloodsoaked
sham of their public pronouncements and lays bare the naked, bestial power-lust
beneath. This is the real war they are fighting – the War on Reality –
and this is where they are putting all their energy, resources and intellect.
This is what they really care about. In this war, they are very competent. They
let hundreds die needlessly in New Orleans, they've let tens of thousands die
needlessly in Iraq (including every single American soldier killed there), they've
exacerbated terrorism at every turn, they've bankrupted the country –
because they don't care about any of that. What matters is wielding power, imposing
your will, raking in loot; the consequences of these actions – mass death,
mass destruction, economic ruin, global chaos – are meaningless. Those
consequences happen to other people, to those outside the circle of the power-mongers
and their sycophants. These brutal elites float high above the murderous reality
they create – but the rest of us are drowning in it.
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