Sunday, September 04, 2005

Falluja Floods the Superdome - Frank Rich hits on the head, again

Falluja Floods the Superdome - New York Times: "As always, the president's first priority, the one that sped him from Crawford toward California, was saving himself: he had to combat the flood of record-low poll numbers that was as uncontrollable as the surging of Lake Pontchartrain. It was time, therefore, for another disingenuous pep talk, in which he would exploit the cataclysm that defined his first term, 9/11, even at the price of failing to recognize the emerging fiasco likely to engulf Term 2."
And New Orleans celebrated novelist, Ann Rice, adds her voice of conscience to the discussion.
But to my country I want to say this: During this crisis you failed us. You
looked down on us; you dismissed our victims; you dismissed us. You want our
Jazz Fest, you want our Mardi Gras, you want our cooking and our music. Then
when you saw us in real trouble, when you saw a tiny minority preying on the
weak among us, you called us "Sin City," and turned your backs.
Well, we are
a lot more than all that. And though we may seem the most exotic, the most
atmospheric and, at times, the most downtrodden part of this land, we are still
part of it. We are Americans. We are you?

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