Monday, January 02, 2006

Dean on wiretapping: "Bush is fighting terrorism the way we demanded during the 9/11 Commission. It's an outrage."

DNC Chair stands on phone book, screams.

Democrats continue to hammer home their message for 2006:

Kerry: "Doesn't this President understand we need more troops in Iraq unless we actually need less? I've said this from the beginning."


Anonymous ray b said...


From Newsweek:

Dec. 26, 2005 - Jan 2, 2006 issue:

The lowest moment, Michael Chertoff recalls, came at about 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, three days after Katrina struck. An NPR interviewer asked the secretary of Homeland Security what he was doing about the thousands of people stranded at the Convention Center. Chertoff had no good answer. Hanging up from the interview, he turned and said to an aide, "What the hell is going on with the Convention Center?" Chertoff called his beleaguered FEMA chief, Mike Brown, and was told that there were only 1,500 people there. He ordered Homeland Security's Operations Center to "get some eyeballs" on the situation. Still, the answer came back: only 1,500 people. On the third go-round, Chertoff asked the head of the Federal Protection Service to take a look personally. This time the reported number shot up, to 10,000 to 15,000. Why the discrepancy? The earlier inspectors had failed to look in rooms "deep inside the building," says Chertoff.

It may seem remarkable that the secretary of Homeland Security had to be told by a radio reporter what was going on, and more incredible that it took three tries for his own people to catch up. But Katrina was a case study in how not to handle a disaster. "We weren't where we needed to be," acknowledges Chertoff. His department was in the midst of something called "second-stage review" on disaster planning, and FEMA, he says, lacked "the skill set" to do "preparedness." Pre-Katrina, Chertoff himself appeared to have been more focused on exotic threats from a bio-warfare attack by terrorists than storm damage from hurricanes.

1/02/2006 11:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Whitman said...

So you agree that democrats are incompetent?

2/12/2006 06:25:00 PM  

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