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Lies, Damn Lies, and Politicians

Tuesday, February 14, 2006
This morning I woke up, as usual, listening to NPR and the topic of discussion was the federal response to Hurricane Katrina. Specifically, the topic of discussion was an upcoming report from investigators in the House of Representatives detailing the federal failures in the response to the hurricane.

Here's a segment of NPR's summary: "They range from ineffective leadership at the Department of Homeland Security to inadequate state and local plans for evacuation to a "fog of war" at the White House that prevented the president from getting timely information."

What I'm writing about, however, isn't the report. It's this priceless gem of a quote issued by the President's Homeland Security Advisor Frances Townsend: "I reject outright the suggestion that President Bush was anything less than fully involved".

Well, my dear lady, you can do all the rejecting you want. Seriously. That doesn't make it any less true. In fact, based on past actions (this president has spent quite a bit of time on vacation) I'd say that the allegation that the president wasn't completely involved is probably accurate, and denying them outright is either blind faith or burying one's head in the sand.


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