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Old 09-11-2005, 09:43 PM   #57
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Now I understand why GW seems so ill-equipped to handle disasters: the state he used to govern seeminlgy runs itself
It seems to have become a common truism that the Federal Government in general and President Bush in particular have been culpably inept in the response to the huricane. Yet no particulars are ever offered as to what should have been done, or was not done that should have been.

I know little about it - sadly my only source of news is the newspaper, and one may as well consult augeries as the Associated Press if one wants facts. Yet, I do know that this is, by orders of magnitude, the largest relief effort ever mounted by the Federal Government. I understand (Washington Post?) that this was the fastest time ever for federal relief efforts to hit a storm ravaged area. I expect, but do not know, that there has been plenty of bureaucratic bungling - it seems to be inherent in any bureaucracy. But so far the critics seem snipers shooting at people actully trying to provide help.


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Old 09-11-2005, 10:02 PM   #58
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I really try not to get involved in political debates
Of course there are facilities to house the people of New Orleans. But to scatter them to the four winds is bootless. They want to return home. Those with jobs will want to resume them. Those who employ people will likewise want them on hand. The Federal response has always been to, wherever possible, restore the community. So temporary housing will be created, at enormous cost.

The war in Afghanistan and Iraq were both declared, by Congress, and passed by substantial majorities. The Iraq declaration involved much debate and was heavily covered by the news media.

POA's (or is it political prisoners - you seem to use the terms interchangably) are returned when hostilities cease, and a government is in place to recieve them. This can take considerable time. In WWII it took well over a year, in some cases. With some of these people the situation is somewhat more difficult as we also are waging a war against Al Qada and its allies - a stateless foe. They have not ceased hostilities. In times past EVERY ONE of the people interned at Guantanomo would have been shot as none were in uniform, and the present embarrassment would not have arisen. I have not heard anyone propose that solution.

We do not recognize Fidel Casto's government. We never have. The US did not put him in power. Is there any reason to believe that needed medical treatment is not already available?


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Old 09-12-2005, 10:22 AM   #59
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...sadly my only source of news is the newspaper, and one may as well consult augeries as the Associated Press if one wants facts....
:scratches head: I am not sure why you are only able to extract information from newspapers. If you are posting, I am going to assume you have an internet connection of some kind:
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Sort of back on topic - a hurricane relief center has opened in my town, I will be stopping by to see what sort of things they are asking for.

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