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September 07, 2005

Predictable and Preventable

Here’s another editorial piece by a major news organization blasting the government for not preparing our country against disasters. In 2001, before 9/11, the Federal Emergency Management Agency listed the three most likely catastrophic disasters facing America.

'a terrorist attack on New York, a major earthquake in San Francisco and a hurricane strike on New Orleans. "The New Orleans hurricane scenario," The Houston Chronicle wrote in December 2001, "may be the deadliest of all." It described a potential catastrophe very much like the one now happening.

Yesterday Mr. Bush made an utterly fantastic claim: that nobody expected the breach of the levees. In fact, there had been repeated warnings about exactly that risk. '

Why then was nothing done to prevent these calamities if plenty of people were pointing them out? Why were we focused somewhere lese instead of protecting ourselves at home? Why was the team in the White House; the team that promised to keep us safe, the team the said if we voted for the other guy, we’d all die, not protecting us from predicted disasters?

What were they doing if not listening to the advice of experts and keeping us safe? In the time since the report, they didn’t catch Osama or find weapons of mass destruction. They did ignore the warnings of experts and invaded another country on false pretenses. Well, at least our leader wasn’t having sex with the interns, so it’s all good.


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