Impeach Bush Now
The raison d`etre of the Bush
administration is war in the Middle East in order to
protect America from terrorism and to insure America`s
oil supply. On both counts the Bush administration has
Bush`s single-minded focus on the
"war against terrorism" has compounded a natural
disaster and turned it into the greatest calamity in
American history. The US has lost its largest and most
strategic port, thousands of lives, and 80% of one of
America`s most historic cities is under water.
If terrorists had achieved this
result, it would rank as the greatest terrorist success
Prior to 911, the Federal Emergency
Management Agency warned that New Orleans was a disaster
waiting to happen. Congress authorized the Southeast
Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project (SELA) in order to
protect the strategic port, the refineries, and the
However, after 2003 the flow of
funds to SELA were diverted to the war in Iraq. During
2004 and 2005 the New Orleans Times-Picayune published
nine articles citing New Orleans` loss of hurricane
protection to the war in Iraq.
Every expert and newspapers as
distant as Texas saw the New Orleans catastrophe coming.
But President Bush and his insane government preferred
war in Iraq to protecting Americans at home.
Bush`s war left the Corps of
Engineers only 20% of the funding to protect New Orleans
from flooding from Lake Pontchartrain. On June 18, 2004,
the Corps` project manager, Al Naomi,
told the Times-Picayune: "the levees are
sinking. ….If we don`t get the money to raise them, we
can`t stay ahead of the settlement."
Despite the dire warnings delivered
by the 2004 hurricane season, the Bush administration
made deep budget cuts for flood control and hurricane
funding for New Orleans. The US Senate, alarmed at the
Bush administration`s insanity, was planning to restore
the funding for 2006. But now it is too late. Many
multiples of the funding that would have saved the city
now have to be spent to rescue it.
Not content with leaving New
Orleans unprotected, it took the Bush administration
five days to get the remnants of the National Guard not
serving in Iraq, along with desperately needed food and
water, to devastated New Orleans. This is the slowest
emergency response by the US government in modern times.
By the time the Bush administration could organize any
resources for New Orleans, many more people had died and
the city was in total chaos.
Despite the most dismal performance
on record, Bush`s Homeland Security Secretary, Michael
Chertoff, said on Thursday that the Bush administration
has done a
mayor of New Orleans sees it differently:
"They`re feeding the people a line of bull, and they are
spinning and people are dying."
"They`re thinking small man, and
this is a major, major deal."
It is a major deal, one that will
affect Americans far beyond New Orleans. According to
reports, 25% of our oil and gasoline comes through the
New Orleans port and refineries, all out of commission.
Needed goods cannot be imported, and exports will
plummet, worsening an already disastrous deficit in the
balance of trade.
The increased cost of gasoline will
soak up consumers` disposable incomes, with dire effects
on consumer spending. US economic growth will be
siphoned off into higher energy costs. American lives
far from New Orleans will be adversely affected.
The destruction of New Orleans is
the responsibility of the most incompetent government in
American history and perhaps in all history. Americans
are rapidly learning that they were deceived by the
superpower hubris. The powerful US military cannot
successfully occupy Baghdad or control the road to the
airport–and this against an insurgency based in only
20% of the Iraqi population. Bush`s pointless war has
left Washington so pressed for money that the federal
government abandoned New Orleans to catastrophe.
The Bush administration is damned
by its gross incompetence. Bush has squandered the lives
and health of thousands of people. He has run through
hundreds of billions of borrowed dollars. He has lost
America`s reputation and its allies. With barbaric
torture and destruction of our civil liberty, he has
stripped America of its inherent goodness and morality.
And now Bush has lost America`s largest port and 25
percent of its oil supply. Why? Because Bush started a
gratuitous war egged on by a claque of crazy
neoconservatives who have sacrificed America`s interests
to their insane agenda.
neoconservatives have brought these disasters to all
Americans, Democrat and Republican alike. Now they must
he held accountable. Bush and his
neoconservatives are guilty of criminal negligence
and must be prosecuted.
What will it take for Americans to
reestablish accountability in their government? Bush has
got away with lies and an illegal war of aggression,
with outing CIA agents, with war crimes against Iraqi
civilians, with the horrors of the Abu Ghraib and
Guantanamo torture centers, and now with the destruction
of New Orleans.
What disaster will next spring from
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