Monday, September 12, 2005

Fickle Finger of Fate

After seeing the recent turn of events in regards to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I’m reminded of a piece of work on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In called the “Fickle Finger of Fate”. It would seem George Bush deserves the award.

While no matter how much is proven that Bush was wrong about Saddam and Iraq as far as WMD’s, mobile bio-labs, and connections to Al Qaeda or 9/11, Bush seems to avoid the political fallout of being totally wrong. Whether it was his administration’s masterly use of spin or fate, he is not held accountable for getting into a war we can never really win and for reasons that seemed to be forgotten and overlooked in surveys of his popularity. At the least, his drop in popularity in no way corresponds how totally wrong he was in justifying our invasion of Iraq.

And now he is being held accountable for the lack of response to the aftermath of Katrina. The fault may well belong more to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco. Like Bush’s Necon war planners for Iraq, they fail to realize that when you do the math, there is an aftermath. In the footage I saw of the governor and mayor shortly after Katrina passed through, they seemed overwhelmed. One can appreciate the likes of Rudy Giuliani when his caliber of leadership is absent in national emergencies.


Bush’s and other government bodies’ investigations of what went wrong in New Orleans may very well point out that the failure was with the local and state governments. But here’s where the fickleness of fate’s finger is so wickedly mean. Just as society seems to ignore his total failure as a leader in the run-up to the Iraq invasion, society will hold him responsible for the failure of leadership in the aftermath of Katrina. No amount of truth seems to hurt him about Iraq, and no amount of truth will protect his legacy from the misconception that he failed to act in Katrina’s aftermath. Oh! That wickedly fickle finger of fate. This finger is for you, George.
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