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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The Blame Game

In Paul Sheehan's article in the Sydney Morning Herald he says that, "people step over carcasses in their haste to score political points" when talking about events such as Hurricane Katrina. From what I have seen it looks like they are stepping over, skipping over, and dancing over the carcasses in their haste to score political points.

Unfortunately, I'm not surprised. The left will use any excuse (no matter how tragic) to demonstrate their hatred for the Bush administration, and their lackeys in the mainstream media (who have given up all pretense at being objective or reporting the truth) seem more than happy to disseminate any lies or distortions to help them do so. It seems absurd that someone has to explain some basic truths about things that would seem to be common sense, but Ben Stein does a great job explaining it in his article here.

I've also heard that the Feds didn't move fast enough for a whole range of reasons from the President was on vacation, the war in Iraq, it was racism, etc... Am I the only one who paid attention in social studies class decades ago in junior high school? The federal government can not just send troops and aid to states unless the states ask for it. Is the press reporting this little bit of knowledge? I kind of doubt it. It took the same amount of time for the federal government to act when Hurricane Andrew hit Florida in 1992, but we didn't hear complaints then.

I've also heard that only a handful of other countries are offering help because everyone hates the US. Ooops... wrong again. The "we hate America" bunch on the left would like everyone to think that, but most people in the world like the US. They might not agree with US foreign policy, but they like the US. I guess that's why the US government has received offers of support from dozens of nations across the globe... Australia, Austria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Greece, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, South Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. International organizations have also offered help ranging from medical teams to tents to cash donations. They include NATO, the Organization of American States, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, and the World Health Organization. And no, the US hasn't turned them all down. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the State Department was "working very closely with the Department of Homeland Security to match up what is available with what is needed".

Luckily, most people are not believing the left when they play the juvenile blame game. If you think blaming President Bush is a good idea, you can visit here to see how silly you look. As Steve Chapman says in his article here, "...we can learn a great deal about how to avoid and mitigate future catastrophes -- but only if we put off affixing blame until all the facts are in". Next thing you know they'll blame President Bush for high gas prices... oh wait, they have already started that!

Update... a must read: Hurricane of lies by Andrew Bolt

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