Bush admin turns down Katrina aid, then lies about it

I swear, if this administration had as much expertise in actual governing as they do in manipulating, spinning, pretending, and crafting the illusion that they are competently running the country, we might not be in the toilet they’ve created, or at least not as deep:

From the Washington Post:

As the winds and water of Hurricane Katrina were receding, presidential confidante Karen Hughes sent a cable from her State Department office to U.S. ambassadors worldwide.

Titled “Echo-Chamber Message” — a public relations term for talking points designed to be repeated again and again — the Sept. 7, 2005, directive was unmistakable: Assure the scores of countries that had pledged or donated aid at the height of the disaster that their largesse had provided Americans “practical help and moral support” and “highlight the concrete benefits hurricane victims are receiving.”

Many of the U.S. diplomats who received the message, however, were beginning to witness a more embarrassing reality. They knew the U.S. government was turning down many allies’ offers of manpower, supplies and expertise worth untold millions of dollars. Eventually the United States also would fail to collect most of the unprecedented outpouring of international cash assistance for Katrina’s victims.

Of course we have been hearing about this since Katrina but now, thanks to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sharing the results of their FOIA request, we know the full extent of the waste, and it is sickening. As is Condi Rice’s excusing of it on the Sunday morning bobblehead-athon. (I saw her on Stephanopoulous and Face the Nation). “It was such a new experience for the United States…” My ass, Condi. You guys have been practicing bumbling incompetence and malfeasance since you stole the first election. It’s not new, it’s business as usual.

Scout of course has more.


One Response

  1. The gulf south could really use that aid since we have been abandoned by our own government.

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