There's some truth to the notion that the most important thing that can be done for the people of the ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi coasts is to help them, instead of bitching about the help they haven't gotten.
But it's apparent that there's a lot more truth to the notion that the amount of help they haven't gotten is a war crime. This crime is compounded by the Bush administration's habit of treating even respectful requests for accountability as treasonous (or worse, terrorism).
I can understand, in a very narrow and technical sense, the reluctance of those directly connected to the administration to accept any responsibility for the base incompetence that has marked the federal response to this disaster, and even their eagerness to blame overwhelmed state and local officials. Breathe deep, I said I "understand" it, not "condone" it. These people are, in theory, trying to get someone elected.
What I can't understand is the right-wingers'--bloggers, talking heads, pseudo-politicals, and others--adamant defense of the indefensible, and their hateful attacks on Ray Nagin and Kathleen Blanco. It is beyond argument that the effects of this storm far transcended the coping capacity of a state or local government. Michael Brown's inexcusable fiddling about is by now well-documented; even some of the most fascist bloggers are quite correctly calling for his head.
What the fuck is wrong with you people?
23 hours ago