Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Pots and Kettles

Thanks to Bryan at Why Now we have the following link to a post by Walter Brasch writing at Pacific Views and discussing The Politics of Humanitarian Aid . Walter lists the mind numbing and shameful failures of the Bush misadministration post Katrina in the harsh light of the recent events in Myanmar and the ruling junta's actions. The following tiny excerpt distills the arrogance and incompetence of Shrub and company clearly.

More than 20 countries—including Israel, Mexico, China, England, and the Dominican Republic—quickly offered humanitarian and financial assistance. President Bush's first response was to tell the audience of ABC-TV's "Good Morning, America":

"I'm not expecting much from foreign nations because we hadn't asked for it. I do expect a lot of sympathy and perhaps some will send cash dollars. But this country's going to rise up and take care of it. . . . You know, we would love help, but we're going to take care of our own business as well, and there's no doubt in my mind we'll succeed."

Bush and Cheney along with the GOP have paid some political price for their astronomically bad performance in the wake of Katrina but nowhere near what is justified. In a sane world they would have both been impeached for dereliction of duty and more than likely been imprisoned to boot. One can only hope that the wheel of karma will play out the proper justice at some point. Read the post and remind yourself of the shocking failure of Bush to accept the friendship and much needed aid from countries around the world, both allied and not.

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