from Chris Floyd:
Federal officials…appear to be trying to create a legalistic document to shield themselves from responsibility for future disasters and to shift blame to states, [said Albert Ashwood, president of a national association of state emergency managers]. “It seems that the Katrina federal legacy is one of minimizing exposure for the next event and ensuring future focus is centered on state and local preparedness,” he said.
It’s just as disillusioned Bush appointee John DiIulio told us back in 2003 (before he was forced into a Stalinist-style recantation): There is no policy apparatus in the Bush Administration. There is no intent to actually govern the United States. There is only an authoritarian political machine dedicated to advancing its own agenda on behalf of a very narrow elite – and to covering its ass whenever the slightest inkling of its true nature gets out. “What you’ve got is everything—and I mean everything—being run by the political arm,” DiIulio told Esquire’s Ron Suskind in the now-famous quote. “It’s the reign of the Mayberry Machiavellis.”
Of course, Professor DiIulio is, to put it bluntly, an educated fool, who honestly believed Bush’s pre-election talk of “compassionate conservatism,” who believed that the president was a man of “good heart,” full of “respect and decency toward others.” The learned Theban didn’t seem to realize that even Ted Bundy could appear warm and caring when it suited his purpose; it’s a trait shared by many psychopaths and sociopaths, and by countless leaders down through the centuries who tended their roses and enjoyed fine music and petted their children while ordering death, torture, ruin and repression on a monstrous scale.
This monstrous nature is on vivid display in the Post story on the disaster plan. As the piece clearly shows, the Bush Administration simply doesn’t care how many American citizens suffer and die – from natural disasters, from collapsing infrastructure, from lack of health care, from military aggression and the terrorism it engenders. The Bushists are willing to do whatever it takes to get their way – no matter what the cost in someone else’s blood and anguish.