Mike Brownie put out to pasture
The Law of Unintended Consequences has again caught up with our boy George Bush. With a huff and a huge puff, the sinking of the deep south has revealed that homeland security is just a catch phrase after Katrina blew down the White House’s carefully constructed house of cards built around their assertion that we’re all safer. The question that should define the estimation of this president is, are we safer than four years ago? Hell no.
Bush, Cheney, Rummie Inc. didnÆt intend for a catastrophic hurricane strike when critical guard units are in Iraq. Try as they might to pretend otherwise, the fact is two battalions from Mississippi and Louisiana – several thousand soldiers – are deployed in Iraq right now when theyÆre most needed at home, for security. Those poor guys and girls over there are worried about their homes, their families and friends and jobs and neighbors while having to fight a brutal insurgency. Boy, George, you sure fucked up.
IÆm pretty sure Bush and his boys didnÆt know Katrina was coming when they appointed Brownie – the FEMA chief – to a job for which he had no qualifications. They were just rewarding a toadie, and itÆs not like the Democrats in the Senate raised a fuss when he came up for confirmation. So hey, Bush says, donÆt blame me, I only work here. How was I supposed to know the levee might break? Perhaps, the inevitable odds? The countless studies and predictions? I digress.
George’s imagination has failed spectacularly in the past. How wasáhe supposed to knowáterrorists might fly planes into major U.S. landmarks?
ItÆs not like he actually reads all those briefings. Bush leaves the details to others, and as an unintended consequence, was caught – along with the country – with his pants down. Damn hurricanes have to strike when on vacation. CanÆt a guy get some rest?
The image of Bush with his arm around Brownie telling him he was doing a heck of good job is the albatross hanging around the neck of this presidency. I have the picture on my wall next to a portrait of Bill Clinton and my ACLU card.
People said the elder Bush was detached from reality – Junior lives in a black hole.