The city of New Orleans is in ruins and its people in chaos from Hurricane Katrina. Perhaps 100,000 American citizens are currently trapped in convention centers, hospitals, and other areas of shelter many of them currently being beaten, raped, and murdered --with no food, no water, no sanitation, no communication, and no way out. When the police tried to restore order to the city they were beaten back by angry mobs. Many police officers have walked off the job.
An evacuee inside the convention center told CNN that women and small children are being raped and killed. He called it genocide. A New Orleans official is calling the situation a "national disgrace." A promise from Congress of a paltry 1,400 National Guard troops is worse than a bad joke.
Meanwhile George Bush has scheduled some more face-time before the cameras. Besides leaving his vacation three days after the disaster struck and fiddling with some no-name musician that no one has ever heard of, he is now saying nothing about how he is going to help, he even joked about sitting on Trent Lott's new porch (once he rebuilds his house) as if this crisis is a joking matter.
Now he is flying over New Orleans in a helicopter in a made-for-TV, scripted event that will do nothing for anyone on the ground. If he isnâ€™t dropping water to these people or helping them get out he should stay out of the area and stop trying to revive his dying political legacy.
The right-wing is claiming to be putting politics aside and to want to help out all Americans. They are begging for the American people not to assess blame and to get with the cause. Are they sincere?
Not for a second.
The right-wing is incapable of putting politics aside. Their plea for mercy and unity is right out of their 9-11 playbook, and they are already spinning to blame liberal Mayors, Governors, and townspeople for this disaster. This is another disaster by this administration, which could have been mitigated. Giving them time to spin and distort will only add to their revisionist goals.