LIAR PARADOX: Money To Repair Breached Levees Was Diverted to Iraq War


Whatever Bush says is a lie? That MUST be a truth!

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Money To Repair Breached Levees Was Diverted to Iraq War

"It appears that the money has been moved in the president’s budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that’s the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can’t be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us.
-- Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; New Orleans Times-Picayune, June 8, 2004.

In early 2004, as the cost of the conflict in Iraq soared, President Bush proposed spending less than 20 percent of what the Corps said was needed for levees around Lake Pontchartrain. Those levees are now breached, and the city of New Orleans is inundated


At 8:22 PM, Blogger windspike said...

I think we aught send a bunch of "My President wanted to fight an illegitimate war in Iraq, and all I got was a broken Levee" t-shirt to all survivors.

At 8:32 PM, Blogger banana said...

Ha ha! that's funny! that would be a great t-shirt to print up and sell and give the proceeds to a disaster relief fund!

you have reminded me that on a day where i just break out and cry at the thought of the loss of New Orleans that it's important that we keep our sense of humor!

At 4:59 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Last night on one of those news specials about the hurricane, they interviewed one of the bigwigs from the Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for the design and upkeep of the levees (and many other public structures and infrastructure edifices, all over the country). Apparently the levees were only designed to withstand a category 3 hurricane. When asked about this, his response was "we did a very thorough cost-benefit analysis and determined that category 3 was the appropriate level of protection". I was incredulous. They did a cost-benefit analysis and decided that in the event of a category 5 hurricane, they could afford to allow New Orleans to be flooded. You know what gets me... as a country we were so critical of NASA over losing 7 astronauts who knew they were strapping themselves to 300 tons of rocket fuel, and planning on riding in a vehicle that would be subject to temperatures in excess of 2 thousand degrees. If there is no great outcry over how some government functionaries doomed thousands of people to death over a cost-benefit analysis.... I will seriously have to consider moving to.... my own private island where personal responsibility and caring for your fellow man will actually mean something and not be words on 250 year old paper in a museum.

At 4:29 PM, Blogger banana said...

matt, i couldn't agree with you more.

this is a tragedey and iti's evidence that we the american people need to be more proactive in the political process and find those candidates out there that will work for you and me.

i can only imagine the anger and frustration of the people of the gulf coast.

I've heard from folks today at school whose hometowns were washed away; and most everyone I spoke with today has friends and family who have lost homes, are suffering.

it's a shame. and it's understandable that so many people are very very very angry right now, because this shouldn't have happened.

if we can put a man on the moon, we should be able to build a wall tall enough to stave off a category five hurricane to protect the people who call the Gulf Coast their home.


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