This is crazy funny.
From the Center for American Progress:
1,833 lives lost. 270,000 homes destroyed. $55 billion in insured damage. Up to $1.4 billion in American tax dollars wasted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Today, the costs of Hurricane Katrina are still staggering. But even more staggering has been the slow pace of recovery on the Gulf Coast. No one was happy with the federal government’s initial response to the hurricane. Eighty percent of the American public think the federal government’s response could have been “much better,” and in September President Bush stated, “This government will learn the lessons of Hurricane Katrina.” But on the eve of Katrina’s one year anniversary, it is clear that the nation is still waiting for the help Bush promised. Yesterday, as part of the White House’s “public relations blitz,” Bush trumpeted in his weekly radio address that the federal government has “committed $110 billion to the recovery effort.” But those billions of dollars have yet “to translate into billions in building.” Perhaps most disappointingly, Bush has forgotten about his promise to the nation to confront poverty “with bold action.” As Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter writes, “The mood in Washington continues to be one of not-so-benign neglect of the problems of the poor.” Lessons haven’t been learned and time has run out for excuses. (The Progress Report has compiled a comprehensive timeline of the past year’s events and American Progress has developed a list of actions America needs to ensure preparedness and recovery capacity for natural disasters.)
Bush has clearly said that he doesn’t care. When his poll numbers tanked, he tried to pretend that he cared. Fortunately, America didn’t buy it.
We have made more progress in Iraq than we have in New Orleans and we haven’t done squat in Iraq.
WaPo: Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is a longtime and prominent member of the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list, which notes his role as the suspected mastermind of the deadly U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa on Aug. 7, 1998.
But another more infamous date — Sept. 11, 2001 — is nowhere to be found on the same FBI notice.
The curious omission underscores the Justice Department’s decision, so far, to not seek formal criminal charges against bin Laden for approving al-Qaeda’s most notorious and successful terrorist attack. The notice says bin Laden is “a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world” but does not provide details.
The absence has also provided fodder for conspiracy theorists who think the U.S. government or another power was behind the Sept. 11 hijackings. From this point of view, the lack of a Sept. 11 reference suggests that the connection to al-Qaeda is uncertain. more
I don’t understand the administration’s decision. Why hasn’t capturing or killing Osama bin Laden been our goverment’s number one priority?