Sunday, September 04, 2005

Feds to Blanco: Evacuate. Blanco to Feds: No

Impetuous Bush haters! Wipe the egg off your face as you read this Washington Post article excerpt.

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 sought unified control over all local police and state National Guard units reporting to the governor. Louisiana officials rejected the request after talks throughout the night, concerned that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law. Some officials in the state 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 does not have the authority to speak publicly.

Read the whole thing if you like.

I already wrote two postings related to the reactions to this natural disaster here and here. The above reinforces my views that it’s ill-advised to politicize Katrina, and that if you must, at least wait until the facts come to light. But I guess when you or a loved one suffers from Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS), clear-thinking is the first thing to go.


Blogger airforcewife said...

What irritates me to no end (aside from the politicization in the first place) is that none of these stories will see the mainstream light of day compared to the "It's all Bush's fault this happened!" cries.

Yeah, sure, the facts are out there, but when something is repeated often enough, it becomes truth.

6:25 PM  

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