Here are the plain facts.

Bush hired a guy who didn’t have any disaster relief experience to head FEMA. His name was Joe Allbaugh. Slate explained it like this in November of 2000.

Allbaugh is George W. Bush’s campaign manager. It is often said that the Bush campaign is run by a troika of aides, two of whom–spokeswoman Karen Hughes and strategist Karl Rove–are well known to the public. The third member is the press-shy Allbaugh.

Essentially, this guy was a BIG operative in Bush’s political arsenal. No doubt he earned his position as head of the disaster relief organization as a result of his loyalty. Not uncommon.

Bush thought he could manage campaigns, so why not FEMA?

However, the inexperienced Allbaugh hired somebody who would ultimately prove very ineffectual. The man is Michael Brown and he’s the center of the scrutiny surrounding the botched relief attempt of New Orleans.

And now Bush is trying to get to the bottom of why the relief effort failed.


WASHINGTON – President Bush intends to seek as much as $40 billion to cover the next phase of relief and recovery from Hurricane Katrina, congressional officials said Tuesday as leading lawmakers and the White House pledged to investigate an initial federal response widely condemned as woefully inadequate.

Of course he is. That’s what Presidents do. They investiagate to make sure that things like this NEVER happen again. But if all fingers point to the person who appointed the people who were responsible, what is outcome of this investigation? Two degrees of separation?

More from the AP:

to Hurricane Katrina, President Bush said Tuesday he will oversee an investigation into what went wrong and why � in part to be sure the country could withstand more storms or attack.

Bush also announced he is sending Vice President Dick Cheney to the Gulf Coast region on Thursday to help determine whether the government is doing all that it can.

“Bureaucracy is not going to stand in the way of getting the job done for the people,” the president said after a meeting at the White House with his Cabinet on storm recovery efforts.

“What I intend to do is lead an investigation to find out what went right and what went wrong,” Bush said. “We still live in an unsettled world. We want to make sure we can respond properly if there is a WMD (weapons of mass destruction) attack or another major storm.”

Ahh, the spectre of the WMDs…

Forgive me if I’m cynical after these crazy times, but this was a major f-up and now he’s calling terrorism into the debate? It simply seems like more rhetoric. Sure, people want to make sure they’re safe, but what does terrorism have anything to do with what has happened recently?

Thoughts are welcomed and appreciated.

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