9.01.2005

The war comes home . . .


For several years now, the Doubleduh-Cheney Gang has been waging a multi-front war. The one in Iraq gets the most attention, of course, followed by the one in Opiumistan. There are a few others, enemies like Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, France, Massachusetts, and so forth.

With all that excitement, as well as Tom Cruise, to distract us, it's no wonder that few really caught on that the Gang has methodically planted and armed massive time-bombs at strategic places in the country they're most anxious to defeat - the USA. One of 'em went off a few days ago. Talk about shock 'n' awe.

From Counterpunch, excerpts from "Another Terrible Casualty of the Iraq War: How New Orleans was Lost" by Paul Craig Roberts:
Chalk up the city of New Orleans as a cost of Bush's Iraq war.

There were not enough helicopters to repair the breeched levees and rescue people trapped by rising water. Nor are there enough Louisiana National Guards available to help with rescue efforts and to patrol against looting.

The situation is the same in Mississippi.

The National Guard and helicopters are off on a fools mission in Iraq.

The National Guard is in Iraq because fanatical neoconsevatives in the Bush administration were determined to invade the Middle East and because the incompetent Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld refused to listen to the generals, who told him there were not enough regular troops available to do the job.

After the invasion, the arrogant Rumsfeld found out that the generals were right. The National Guard was called up to fill in the gaping gaps.

Now the Guardsmen, trapped in the Iraqi quagmire, are watching on TV the families they left behind trapped by rising waters and wondering if the floating bodies are family members. None know where their dislocated families are, but, shades of Fallujah, they do see their destroyed homes.

The mayor of New Orleans was counting on helicopters to put in place massive sandbags to repair the levee. However, someone called the few helicopters away to rescue people from rooftops. The rising water overwhelmed the massive pumping stations, and New Orleans disappeared under deep water.

What a terrible casualty of the Iraqi war--one of our oldest and most beautiful cities, a famous city, a historic city.

Distracted by its phony war on terrorism, the US government had made no preparations in the event Hurricane Katarina brought catastrophe to New Orleans. No contingency plan existed. Only now after the disaster are FEMA and the Corp of Engineers trying to assemble the material and equipment to save New Orleans from the fate of Atlantis.

Even worse, articles in the New Orleans Times-Picayune and public statements by emergency management chiefs in New Orleans make it clear that the Bush administration slashed the funding for the Corp of Engineers' projects to strengthen and raise the New Orleans levees and diverted the money to the Iraq war.

Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune (June 8, 2004): "It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us."

Why can't the US government focus on America's needs and leave other countries alone? Why are American troops in Iraq instead of protecting our own borders from a mass invasion by illegal immigrants? Why are American helicopters blowing up Iraqi homes instead of saving American homes in New Orleans?
Good questions, Paul. I have a few others: Why are cops and guardsmen pointing guns at looters in New Orleans instead of ignoring them and trying to save lives around the Convention Center (where it's about to turn very ugly)? Why isn't Congress meeting in emergency special session to oversee the relief effort? Why isn't the Doubleduh-Cheney Gang calling for corporations to donate millions from their profits?

There is growing fear on the left that this situation may be a ready-made excuse to abandon even more constitutional provisions in the name of "national security" and "public safety". Don't forget what opportunists the Doubleduh-Cheney's are.