Saturday, January 13, 2007

No Oversight on Katrina?

Just what is the White House doing for Joe Lieberman? Besides bombing Arabs, that is. In No Oversight on Katrina?, Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball investigate why the Joementum has ended on demands "that the White House turn over potentially embarrassing documents relating to its handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans." Could Joe be kissing Republican butt in order to be John McCain's vice president? Is Joe looking for a cabinent appointment? Just why, for example, would Joe back off this position:
Asserting that there were “too many important questions that cannot be answered,” Lieberman and other committee Democrats complained in a statement last year that the panel “did not receive information or documents showing what actually was going on in the White House.”
Seems good ol' independent Joe just isn't interested in finding out why the Bush administration did nothing to help the thousands of Americans who were devastated, and still are, by Katrina.
Among the missing material: the record of a videoconference in the White House Situation Room in which former Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown said he warned senior officials about the dire situation in New Orleans, but was greeted with “deafening silence.” Also missing: records believed to include messages and conversations involving the president, Vice President Dick Cheney and their top aides during the days in late August and early September 2005 when the Katrina disaster was unfolding and thousands of city residents were flocking to overcrowded shelters and hanging onto rooftops awaiting rescue.
Gee, Joe. I bet is this had happened to Hartford Connecticut, you'd really want to see that video...

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