Sunday, September 04, 2005

"The Lost City"

Newsweek leads with its story "The Lost City". Take a close look at the photos that accompany the story and remember those images while the Bush Administration spins it's bullshit regarding who lost New Orleans. Their theme is going to be classic and simple. They are going to ask Americans (and the world) the following: Who are you going to believe? Us or your lying eyes?

The spin has already begun and it has the aroma of classic Rovian bullshit. Blame everyone else from the poor who couldn't evacuate through every level of politician on the ground in the city and state. Obscure the facts with twists and turns. Spew out lie after lie after lie. Bush's handlers know the media is to busy to call them on all the lies and they don't care. Their goal isn't to answer to the media. Their goal is to create a sliver of doubt in the public at large. Enough doubt to allow Bush to step over the bodies of the people his incompetence murdered, look at the camera and, with a straight face, and claim that he did everything he could to save them.

You want the truth. It is all around you. Look at the pictures and ask, how could this be allowed? Try these simple questions:

How is it possible that "there were journalists, including some who work for The Times-Picayune, going in and out of the city via the Crescent City Connection. On Thursday morning, that crew saw a caravan of 13 Wal-Mart tractor trailers headed into town to bring food, water and supplies to a dying city."

How is it possible that "more than two days after the storm hit, despite acknowledging this was the worst disaster in the nation’s history. [President Bush] did take a trip during those days, not back to Washington but out to San Diego to deliver a political speech comparing his Iraq war to World War II."

How is it possible that "while federal and state emergency planners scramble to get more military relief to Gulf Coast communities stricken by Hurricane Katrina, a massive naval goodwill station has been cruising offshore, underused and waiting for a larger role in the effort.... But now the Bataan's hospital facilities, including six operating rooms and beds for 600 patients, are empty. A good share of its 1,200 sailors could also go ashore to help with the relief effort, but they haven't been asked. The Bataan has been in the stricken region the longest of any military unit, but federal authorities have yet to fully utilize the ship."

There are a lot of other questions that you should be asking, but you are going to have to make a choice. Do you believe what your lying eyes are telling you or do you believe what Karl Rove and the right wing noise machine are telling you?

The future of our country hangs on your decision.