Friday, September 02, 2005

"Flood control has been a priority of this administration from Day One," McClellan said.

One of the most idiotic statements I've heard come out of George W. Bush's mouth was when he told Diane Sawyer of ABC News yesterday that nobody aniticipated that the New Orleans levees would break. Is this man actually THAT stupid?! Is he THAT out of touch with reality?! Apparently, the answer is YES.

ONE YEAR AGO, I watched a special report on CNN, hosted by John Zarrella, that detailed just how such a disaster could play out in New Orleans in the event of a Category 4 or Category 5 hurricane. The worst case scenario, as outlined in this story, was that New Orleans' levees would fail and the city would be under 10-15 feet of water for up to six months or more. And all it would take is a direct hit from a Cat 4 or Cat 5 hurricane. Voila! It's here!

So for the President to say that nobody anticipated that the levees would fail is nothing short of a disgrace of the highest magnitude. For crying out loud, I KNEW THAT THE LEVEES MIGHT FAIL...and I don't even live in New Orleans. In fact, when I heard Monday morning that the storm moved a bit to the east, meaning that New Orleans would get the "back side" of the storm, I feared that this was the worst scenario possible, because it meant that the Cat 4 winds - and resulting storm surge - would be coming at the city from the NORTH across a huge body of water known as Lake Ponchartrain. Add to that the large amount of water being pushed into Ponchartrain from the Gulf on the "front side" of the storm, and this was a complete disaster waiting to happen. And everyone knew that the levee system in New Orleans was built to sustain only a Cat 3 hurricane. I'm not an engineer, a meteorologist or a disaster expert, yet even I knew the potential for disaster that awaited New Orleans.

I would also mention that much of the funding to improve the levee system was taken away from the Corps of Engineers over the last few years and moved to the war in Iraq. I would mention that, but I'm too disgusted to even go there right now.

George W. Bush should be impeached for STUPIDITY, if nothing else. This man is an utter embarassment. How shameful!


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