The Associated Press has gotten their hands on video footage of a teleconference between members of FEMA and the President of the United States just a day before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. In the video various officials give their take on how bad a disaster Katrina would be and voice concerns over various ‘what-if’ scenarios.
Don’t bother to watch the video or read the story. I’ll give you the whole thing right here.
If you were to watch this video without the narration of the AP reporter, you would see real people voicing human concerns. You’d see worry. You’d see seriousness. You’d see a commitment of help from various agencies including the White House. You’d see people trying to predict the unpredictable.
But that’s not what the Associated Press wants you to see, or hear. The AP, who obtained this video exclusively, uses the content in an attempt to prove that everyone from FEMA to state and local officials were begging; no, pleading with President Bush to understand the scale of the storm and react accordingly.
In other words, the premise of the AP story is as follows:
Everyone in the country knew Katrina was a big, bad, killer BEFORE the storm hit. The day before the storm, everyone in the country KNEW THE LEVEES WOULD BE BREACHED.
A. Knew how bad Katrina would be
B. Was warned a thousand times by EVERYONE
C. Had some supernatural power to stop the storm in its track
D. Didn’t use the supernatural power because he didn’t care a wit.
The president has already admitted that the federal government reacted slowly to Katrina and could have done better. State and local officials confessed their lack of coordination, and pointed to the failure of their communication apparatus on the ground as a major factor in the slowness of relief response.
EVERYONE has said they learned a serious lesson from Katrina. EVERYONE has pledged to do a better job next time.
But, that’s not enough.
The Associated Press and the rest of the MSM believe differently. The other people – the agencies, the state and local officials, the Governor of Louisiana, the Mayor of New Orleans and every Tom, Dick or Harry inhabiting the Gulf Coast region would have been spared and saved from Katrina if George W. Bush would have used his supernatural powers to stop the approaching storm. But he knowingly did nothing, and for that, Bush deserves to be impeached.
That’s what this AP story is all about.