The Myths of Hurricane Katrina

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

An excellant article by James Taranto in The Australian exposes the myths that the Angry Left have spouted regarding Hurrican Katrina and its aftermath.

It would be good reading for the utterly remorseless and crass Prime Minister trying to make political capital out of other peoples misery.

The myths that are debunked are;

  1. The anti-Bush Left’s derangement is that it blames him for bad weather. Whether global warming exists or not, it did not cause Katrina.
  2. That the National Guard was unable to do its duty in the Gulf Coast because it had been “stretched thin” by deployment to Iraq; “deployed in a phony war”. As pointed out in National Review Online, only 10.2 per cent of the US Army, including the guard and reserves, is in Iraq; 74.2 per cent, or 751,000 soldiers, are stationed in the US.
  3. The most pernicious myth the Angry Left propagated was that the storm victims were neglected because of their race. “I feel that, if it was in another area, with another economic strata and racial make-up, that President Bush would have run out of Crawford a lot quicker and FEMA [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] would have found its way in a lot sooner,” said Al Sharpton, New York’s premier racial arsonist. In fact, Katrina was an equal-opportunity destroyer. The media’s coverage of the disaster understandably centred on New Orleans, the biggest city in the region, which is two-thirds black. But the storm also devastated at least four suburban Louisiana parishes and three coastal Mississippi counties. All have white majorities, ranging from 69.8 per cent to 90.2 per cent.
  4. The claim that the Bush administration was incompetent, its actions slow and inept. Deeming the Bush administration incompetent at this stage reflects nothing more than the prejudices of the administration’s critics and in some cases a plain disregard for the facts.

All in all a bloody good article.


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