Where does the buck stop?

Permalink +

Sat, Sep 03, 2005, 3:38 pm  //  John Servais

Most agree - even W. Bush - that FEMA has botched the aid effort for New Orleans. Now we learn that Mike Brown, the director of FEMA, was fired in 2001 from his last private sector job of overseeing horse shows. He then got a job with FEMA through his old college roommate - and rose to the head of FEMA. He had no emergency relief experience.

Read it yourself in the Boston Herald online.

Where does the buck stop? How many more directors and top management folks appointed by GW are as incompetent? Brown was a good GOP activist. We can easily see what is happening in New Orleans - but we cannot see what is happening in Iraq except for what the military tells the news media.

We have only the foreign web sites to help us get an understanding of how badly we are screwing up in Iraq. Those Americans who think we cannot possibly be doing badly in Iraq should pay attention to New Orleans. And let us remember that up till yesterday, Bush and Brown and all our Federal officials were saying all was going well and as planned. Were they deceiving us or did they not know themselves? Neither answer is very assuring.

I beg my Iraq war-supporting friends to take a second look at that war. It is a tragedy for the USA, for Iraq and for the future of world stability.

Related Links:

-> Boston Herald: Brown pushed from last job: FEMA chief had to be `asked to resign'
Comments Commenting is disabled for this post

Where does the buck stop?

Sat, Sep 03, 2005, 3:38 pm  //  John Servais

Most agree - even W. Bush - that FEMA has botched the aid effort for New Orleans. Now we learn that Mike Brown, the director of FEMA, was…


Greatest movie line ever?

Thu, Sep 01, 2005, 3:45 pm  //  John Servais

Latest right-wing banal humor circulating on the Internet. This from the guys who say "my country, right or wrong". This from the folks who actually think they have…


Village Books

In historic Fairhaven. Take Exit 250 from I-5.


New Links

Julia Ioffe/New Republic
the Oatmeal

Current Interest

Community Wise Bellingham
Friends of Whatcom
Guardian Unlimited
Lummi Island Quarry
Reconveyance Challenge
Whatcom Elections

Publisher Recommended

Guardian Unlimited
League of Women Voters
Paul Krugman - economics
Sweeney Politics

Local Blogs & News

Bellingham Herald
Bham Herald Politics Blog
Bham Politics & Economics
Bob Sanders
Cascadia Weekly
Citizen Ted
Ferndale Record
Friends of Whatcom
Get Whatcom Planning
Jack Petree
Latte Republic
League of Women Voters
Lynden Tribune
Northern Light
Sweeney Politics
Twilight Zoning
Wally Wonders
Western Front - WWU
Whatcom Watch

Local Causes

Bellingham Police Activity
Chuckanut Community Forest
Chuckanut Mountains
Citizens of Bellingham
City Club of Bellingham
Community Wise Bellingham
Conservation NW
Cordata & Meridian
Facebook Port Reform
Futurewise - Whatcom
Lake Whatcom
Lummi Island Quarry
N. Cascades Audubon
NW Holocaust Center
RE Sources
Reconveyance Challenge
Reduce Jet Noise
Salish Sea Org.
Save the Granary Building
Transition Whatcom
WA Conservation Voters


Port of Bellingham
Skagit County
US - The White House
WA State Access
WA State Elections
WA State Legislature
Whatcom Auditor
Whatcom County
Whatcom Elections

Weather & Climate

Cliff Mass Weather Blog
Climate Audit
NW Radar
Two day forecast
Watts Up With That? - climate


Adventures NW
Edge of Sports
Entertainment NNW
Famous Internet Skiers
Sailing Anarchy

Good Links

Al-Jazeera online
Alaska Dispatch
Arab News
Asia Times
Atlantic, The
Common Dreams
Crosscut Seattle
Daily Kos
Daily Mirror
Drudge Report
Foreign Policy in Focus
Guardian Unlimited
Gulf News
Huffington Post
Innocence Project, The
Intrnational Herald Tribune
James Fallows
Jerusalem Post
Joel Connelly
Juan Cole
Julia Ioffe/New Republic
Le Diplo
Media Matters
Michael Moore
Middle East Times
Nation, The
New American Century
News Trust
Online Journal
Palestine Daily
Palestine News
Paul Krugman - economics
Personal bio info
Portland Indy Media
Progressive Review
Project Vote Smart
Sea Shepherd
Talking Points Memo
the Oatmeal
Tom Paine.com
War and Piece
Washington Votes

NwCitizen 1995 - 2007

Early Northwest Citizen

Internet At Its Best


Quiet, Offline or Dead

Bellingham Register
Carl Weimer
David Hackworth
N. Sound Conservancy
No Leaky Buckets
Northwest Review
Post-Oklahoman Confessions
Protect Bellingham Parks
The American Telegraph
The Crisis Papers