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September 02, 2005

Bush must resign

Bush must go. As soon as the last live person in NOLA is accounted for and given adequate medical treatment, shelter, and food.

He didn't aim Hurricane Katrina, I know. I'll even, just this once, give him a pass for nay-saying climate change. The storm could have been this bad without it. And though the deliberate cuts to FEMA's budget and the refusal to let the Army Corps of Engineers do the work on the 17th Street levee that they knew they needed to do utterly enrage me, we can summon up the last dram of our charity toward the less morally fortunate and chalk those up to misplaced priorities.

Food and water should have been on their way Monday night. They should have been on the ground Tuesday morning. There are supermarket distribution warehouses throughout the midwest that could have been federalized, with generous compensation and tax breaks to the corporations involved. You can go to REI and buy pen-sized water purification devices for a hundred bucks that - without power - would kill the pathogens in the flood water and help alleviate much of the suffering from dehydration. Those could have been requisitioned from MSR, then dropped throughout the city and surrounding countryside. Paul Martin has offered the assistance of the Canadian Forces Disaster Assistance Response Team, which possesses osmotic water filters that could have purified tens of thousands of gallons of floodwater a day: Bush said no to that, and to the logistical and staff support DART would have brought. Today marks the end of the incubation of dysentery: the situation in the Delta is about to take one more goddamn turn hellward.

People are dying horrible, agonizing deaths that could have been prevented, standing on tiptoe for days to breathe the last bit of air in the peaks of their attics, suffering third-degree sunburn on black shingled roofs, slowly bleeding to death from wounds that would be a mere annoyance given sutures and antibiotics, pinned down by fire from crackheads with DTs and guns because their sons and daughters, nephews and nieces, have been shipped to Iraq in their National Guard units rather than protecting their homes.

Bush already had abundant blood on his hands. I recognize that. And I'm thinking of the rightwing plaint against Saddam, that the blood on his hands was that of his own people. I would like to think that we are all our own people, but save that for another time. Internet pundits warn us not to attribute to malevolence what can be adequately explained by stupidity. Bush did not mean to cause the deaths of probably thousands of people (though let us hope I am too pessimistic here.) How is that a defense? We could drain the city of New Orleans by giving the Bush team the task of filling it to the brim. How is that a defense?

Bush must resign. And I am not unmoved by the argument that Cheney would be worse. The unbelievable incompetence of Chertov, who somehow missed watching the news coverage of the disater he was supposed to manage, the Marie Antoinette decorum of Condimelda Rice, the stirring response of White House staff, whose first response to the disaster was to exempt the oil companies from environmental regulations to keep the gasoline flowing: they all must be held accountable. And resignation is only a start. But let's start with baby steps. And let's at the top.

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I actually think Cheney would be better. At least he once ran a successful company, however evil its business. Bush has never run anything successfully.

Posted by: Jarrett at September 2, 2005 09:37 AM
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I would stand up and applaud, but I'm worn out.

The whole nest of the bastards needs to be tossed out, and their apologists too.

Posted by: Rana at September 2, 2005 10:29 AM
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Unfortunately, asking for accountability and responsibility from this administration is like (insert cliched, tired simile here). Today Bush is diverting rescuers' time and resources so he can fly in person over the area with his offensive smirk firmly pasted in place and try to lessen the political damage. What a cynical waste, what a horrific exercise in diversion and evasion.

Posted by: Charles at September 2, 2005 11:02 AM
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Jarrett, that's the best argument for Cheney I've ever heart.

Chris, righty-0. That's the most potent charge for resignation I can think of. The president is commander-in-chief and is supposed to keep us safe on our soil, from terrorists AND bad weather.

I am just floored that after all that supposed national security preparation, the nation looked like the Keystone Kops in the face of this disaster.

Posted by: Pepper at September 2, 2005 11:31 AM
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I heard bushco this afternoon on the radio as he was recorded by a reporter while trying to comfort a distraught woman in the disaster area. She was barely coherent from intense grief, he was simply barely coherent.

I am still deeply angered by Bushco's "pull yourselves up by your bootstraps" comments from yesterday (especially yesterday, regarding foreign aid that is trying to pour in to this country to help our people). I wonder when Bushco has ever pulled himself up by his own bootstraps? I wonder if Bushco would be so cavalier if the people most affected by this hurricane were rich white men?

Posted by: GrrlScientist at September 2, 2005 12:02 PM
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Resignation is a far less gruesome fate than committing seppuku which is what I think he should do.

Posted by: Rexroths Daughter at September 2, 2005 12:08 PM
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there are a lot of things Bush needs to do, has needed to do. He is no more likely to do this than any of the others. Less likely. They don't care, and they have the power not to care. They have all three branches of government, they have the press. They have deibold.
They aren't going anywhere.

Posted by: craig at September 2, 2005 12:54 PM
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I certainly see enough blue dresses around to make a good case for impeachment and conviction.

Posted by: Wayne at September 2, 2005 01:48 PM
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Ohmygod, "Condimelda."


Posted by: KathyR at September 2, 2005 02:27 PM
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I'm with you.

Where do I sign up for the resistance? I'll be leading the charge from the east; will bring British reinforcements.

Seriously, I think we have a shot at seeing this. Remember after the floods of 1927, which killed mainly poor black people, Huey Long rose up in LA in a tide of populist support.

That mayor down there looks good to me.

Posted by: KathyF at September 2, 2005 02:31 PM
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there is something pathetic about reading news like this; maybe it's that i never thought i'd hear gingrich say something with which i agree:

To some critics, Bush seemed to deny the existence of problems with hurricane relief this week. He waited until Friday to acknowledged that "the results are not acceptable," and even then Bush parsed his words

Republicans worry that he looks out of touch defending the chaotic emergency response.

"It's impossible to defend something like this happening in America," said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

"No one can be happy with the kind of response which we've seen in New Orleans ... ," said Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.

Posted by: Kathy A at September 2, 2005 04:17 PM
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Two predictions and a word to the wise.

Bush won't resign, over this or anything else. He wouldn't resign if it would save Laura from certain death. He's convinced that he's doing God's work, or more accurately, that God has appointed him president. (I'm reasonably certain that the other team is responsible for his current position.)

Republicans will use this disaster as an excuse to shovel pork, gut environmental laws, and generally make life easy for their largest contributors.

This is what it looks like when the wheels come off. Get used to it.

Posted by: tost at September 2, 2005 10:44 PM
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i'm hoping, that when the floodwaters finally drain, and people are truly at the mercy of their government, that the good folks of LA, MS, and AL take a good hard look at what their sway to the right (electionwise) has wrought for them. i won't say "i told you so", that'd be too cruel. but i hope they begin to understand what many of us have been saying for a long time -- that to believe these folks were giving you their best attention in exchange for your vote is one of the great con jobs of all time.

folks need to wake up and vote, and soon.


Posted by: tony g at September 2, 2005 11:03 PM
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I actually think Cheney would be better. At least he once ran a successful company, however evil its business. Bush has never run anything successfully.

Josh Marshall wrote a great piece a year or so ago outlining the incompetence of Cheney. There isn't a good leader in the bunch.

"Condimelda" is the high point of my day. Perfect.

Posted by: eRobin at September 3, 2005 09:18 AM
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As far as the line of succession goes, I say we have people resign until we reach Jabbor Gibson. He'd be a much better president than any of the clowns there now.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at September 3, 2005 10:38 AM
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how can bush play golf, eat cake in arizona, pimp for the war and play guitar after a redneck concert during and after this disaster???
he announced on tuesday that he will cut his vacation (2days,boohoohoo) short but will not return to the WH until wednesday.
i realy think bush is mentally ill and thinks the world stands still until HE decides to continue.
it is time to stand up and throw his sorry ass out of office and with him the whole administration.....make them clean up new orleans.

Posted by: jay at September 3, 2005 05:42 PM
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So Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin (aka Polly) gets on the wire can calls Bush-meister and says "Cowboy, we have a Military Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) sitting on the tarmac with a whole shit load of medical and humanitarian supplies, and enough water purification systems to get the people in New Orleans pissing again by tomorrow noon...we're all ready to we have a GO?" and Hoss says "No thanks", so Polly gets on the horn to General Myers of the Joint Chief of Staff and makes the same offer, and he says NO! Why the #%$^%@& would anyone say NO to Disaster Response that could have been setup in New Orleans by Day #2? The people of the Red states need to take, what do you think the response would have been if Polly offered to send down 20 tankers of good old fashion Canadian oil to feed Cheny's oil refineries and to keep those SUV's rolling? You need to get these hee-haw's out of office and "Condimelda" needs to open her eyes and see what Hoss has done to her people.

Posted by: CL at September 3, 2005 09:44 PM
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Posted by: BS at September 5, 2005 09:30 AM
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Thanks for stopping by, Mr. President, but don't you have work to do?

Posted by: Chris Clarke at September 5, 2005 10:21 AM
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The best thing Bush could do at this point: Stay home and out of the way. Even when he drops by for a photo op, he manages to screw things up as happened when a shipment of food lay baking under the hot LA sun while he helicoptered around, grounding other air traffic.
Yeah, just stay home, Bush.

Posted by: Alan at September 5, 2005 12:27 PM
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If he does not resign, he should be fired immediately. This man is a disgrace and I have not spoken to one person who thinks he should remain president of the USA and a powerful figure of our world.

I am so disgusted with this horrible man who has a permanent smirk on his constantly tanned holiday look skin.

Sadly it is a racist government that rules America and it is about time it ended.

Peace to all who are suffering in the wake of Katrina and the incompetent government.


Posted by: Laura at September 5, 2005 09:26 PM
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Bush is such a disgrace. I hate this administration and pray they'll stand on trial for crimes against humanity.

Posted by: Ian Geronimo at September 7, 2005 12:42 AM
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For some reason you just can't get rid of him. I do wish he would resign, he makes me real uncomfortable. I honestly wonder what goes through his mind... he must be dumb.

Posted by: Mike at September 29, 2005 03:37 PM
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