"I Don't Think Anyone Could Have Anticipated"
From Liberal Oasis, a compendium of unpreparedness:
"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees" -- George W. Bush, 9/1/05, four days after being warned, on tape, that the levees were a "very, very grave concern"
"I don't think anybody could have predicted that they would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile." -- Then-National Security Adviser Condi Rice, 5/16/02, despite government reports in Ã¢â‚¬â„¢99 and Ã¢â‚¬â„¢01 predicting just that.
"I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know of any reporting that anyone saw that anticipated an insurgency of this level, and I just have never seen anything like that." -- Then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, 12/21/04, two months after the USA Today headline Ã¢â‚¬Å“Prewar intelligence predicted Iraqi insurgencyÃ¢â‚¬Â
Scher asks, then answers, the question as to why the administration lies "knowing that hard evidence to the contrary is not hard to find..."?
He believes the administration simply wasn't interested in Katrina and terrorism before they hit:
Emergency management was in the process of being downgraded and denigrated, lest anyone get the crazy idea that they should look to our federal government to take the lead when disaster strikes. And terrorism, before 9/11, was treated as "one of those Clinton issues." Al Qaeda was penny-ante. Dealing with geopolitics, like Iraq and China, was big-boy stuff. While everyone begged the Bushies to focus on terror, they argued that we already spent enough on it, when what really needed funds was national missile defense.Rather than confront either of these after the fact, they merely stuck to the ideology and lied:
So they tried to ludicrously claim that the tragedies were so huge and unique that nobody, not even the mystical godlike Dubya, could have properly prepared for the possibility.As for the insurgency which, Scher believes, actually was a consideration before the fact, a combination of dismissing contrary reports, hubris and the fear that too great a troop commitment would become a political liability, were the admin's undoing.
The upshot: All three point to: "A Failure to Govern, to let facts shape policy, to be reality-based... ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about a conservative approach to government, a reckless and callous approach that avoids responsibility, ignores problems, shrugs off facts, and makes us less secure." (Liberal Oasis)
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