Monday, September 05, 2005

The Truth Will Win Out
And America Will Prevail

This news is coming from this blog a couple of days later than it was first revealed (because I'm so sick of the political carping), but just for the record:

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.

A senior administration official said that Bush has clear legal authority to federalize National Guard units to quell civil disturbances under the Insurrection Act and will continue to try to unify the chains of command that are split among the president, the Louisiana governor and the New Orleans mayor.

Louisiana did not reach out to a multi-state mutual aid compact for assistance until Wednesday, three state and federal officials said. As of Saturday, Blanco still had not declared a state of emergency, the senior Bush official said.

“The federal government stands ready to work with state and local officials to secure New Orleans and the state of Louisiana,” White House spokesman Dan Bartlett said. “The president will not let any form of bureaucracy get in the way of protecting the citizens of Louisiana.”

Blanco made two moves Saturday that protected her independence from the federal government: She created a philanthropic fund for the state’s victims and hired James Lee Witt, Federal Emergency Management Agency director in the Clinton administration, to advise her on the relief effort.

Arghh. I am so sick of all the blame Bush crap. CNN is on non-stop hate Bush mode. CNN is broadcasting to the world that America is idiotic and that Bush doesn't care about the American people. Outside of America, no one even knows what is going on.

My blogbrother Titus has a post on how the truth came flying right out of Mayor Nagin's mouth the other day, and CNN buried that too:

Mayor Nagin: The President looked at me. I think he was a little, uh, surprised. He said, "Mr. Mayor, I offered two options to the Governor. I said he (and I don't remember exactly what...) two options. "I was ready to move today. The Governor said she needed 24 hours to make a decision."

Interviewer: The President told you the Governor said she said she needed 24 hours to make a decision?

Mayor Nagin: Yes.

Go read the rest.

And I've got a message for all you America haters out there who are spreading slander about us when we're down. We'll meet you in the history books my friends. And they will show how we beat this, and we will become richer and you, in your idiocy and with your childish attitudes, will be poorer, because you don't take responsibility for yourselves. Instead, you just try to blame America and take America down.