Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Profiles in Eight-Balledness!

Today's study in Eight-Balledness involves Mr. John Edmondson from Appleton.

Three days after Katrina struck, President Bush told the country: "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees."

The AP article in the March 3 P-C entitled "Blanco wrong on levees, video indicates" noted the transcripts existed showing the president and others discussing the impending storm.

The article, however, failed to mention the discussion also covered the possible breach of the levees the day before Katrina struck, and Bush's statement, made three days after Katrina had struck, claiming: "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees" (obviously not counting those people at the briefing from four days earlier).
Source: Appleton Post Cresscent Letter to the Editor by John Edmondson of Appleton

Mr. Edmondson, I forgive you. After all, Al-Pazeera did mischaracterize the warning that was issued. Read it:
WASHINGTON (AP) - In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans' Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage.

Bush didn't ask a single question during the final briefing before Katrina struck on Aug. 29, but he assured soon-to-be-battered state officials: "We are fully prepared."

...Homeland Security officials have said the "fog of war" blinded them early on to the magnitude of the disaster. But the video and transcripts show federal and local officials discussed threats clearly, reviewed long-made plans and understood Katrina would wreak devastation of historic proportions. "I'm sure it will be the top 10 or 15 when all is said and done," National Hurricane Center's Max Mayfield warned the day Katrina lashed the Gulf Coast.

..."I don't think any model can tell you with any confidence right now whether the levees will be topped [underlining added] or not but that is obviously a very, very grave concern," Mayfield told the briefing.Other officials expressed concerns about the large number of New Orleans residents who had not evacuated.
Source: Wizbang - Rewriting Katrina History - AP Style

That is Al-Pazeera is spreading how they wish things were not as they were. As they were is President Bush was warned water most likely will lap over the top of the levees NOT that the levees will breach, that is collapse and break as they did.

Unfortunately, this lie will live forever. Let us look at what other lies Mr.Edmondson pushes. Be a good boy Mr. Edmondson so Santa Claus will get you some real class goodies next Christmas, you must still believe in Santa Claus if you haven't heard the Al-Pazeera report you refer to is disinformation.

This is reminiscent of shortly after 9-11, when the Bush administration complained that the hijacker's attacks were unpreventable because such an attack couldn't be anticipated ... until it became know that while on a monthlong vacation in August 2001, Bush received a security briefing memo entitled, "Bin Laden determined to strike inside the U.S.," and that it stated the FBI had discovered "patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York."

What is clear is that someone in the White House needs to be certain that President Bush either stays fully awake at important briefings or that they do a better job of destroying evidence that shows what had really happened, so the later "spins" offered by the White House won't look like such blatant lies.

Otherwise, gosh, some of us are going to start losing confidence.

John Edmondson, Appleton
Source: Appleton Post Cresscent Letter to the Editor by John Edmondson of Appleton

Mr. Edmondson, bears are going to pollute the woods today. Now, go and stop them! What? You say there are no locations, no times, no information on which specific bears are going to pollute the woods? Well, no kidding. That is what President Bush had and what he had was a fairly obvious sort of warning. Radical Islamists want to hijack airplanes in the USA, wow what a revelation that was. Perhaps the next warning will be one warning about Islamists wanting to kill Jews by sending suicide bombers out.

Congratulations Mr. Edmondson, you are today's study in Eight-Balledness your award is below.

Mr. Edmondson's Eight-Ball Trophy.