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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

New Orleans Disaster

Posted as a comment on the Huffington Post:


This is about so many things. It is about decades of negligence, despite warnings, on the part of both parties. It is about one of the most populous and beautiful cities in the nation left unprotected against known dangers, most likely because it was a POOR city. This is about Bush once again failing to lead during a perilous crisis. This is about guard and military resources being tied up in Iraq that could possibly have been used to sandbag the levees before the storm even hit, to help evacuate those unable to evacuate themselves, to set up shelters and crisis response sites. This is about one single helicopter being available, apparently, to sandbag the levee after failure and even that one being called away. This is about a nation tied up in pursuing military adventures abroad while things go from bad to worse at home. This is about a President who will appropriately be known, bitterly, as the master of disaster.

You thought Carter was out of control? This is like having his cousin Billy running the country. And it's not nearly as funny as Billy Beer was.

Posted by: paul on August 30, 2005 at 11:37PM

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