Tuesday, January 24, 2006

more distortion and lies from el jefe

A couple of things to remind us all of the sheer mendacity of the de facto President...

It appears that the National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (part of the Department of Homeland Defense) made an excellent prediction of the effects of Katrina. NISAC specifically anticipated extensive coastal damage, levee breaks, floods in New Orleans, impaired initial response by fire/police, etc. Their report was sent to the White House Situation Room hours before Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. But afterwards, Bush said "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." Wrong, again. Lie or stupidity? I think this one was a lie.

Turning to the warrantless domestic spying scandal, Bush told a crowd at Kansas State "It's amazing that people say to me, 'Well, he's just breaking the law.' If I wanted to break the law, why was I briefing Congress?"

Distortion. Bush and the Administration didn't "brief Congress". Four members out of 535 were told about it in extremely vague terms, and were told that they weren't allowed to tell anybody else under pain of prosecution, not even members of their professional staffs who might have been able to analyze the implications. Lie or stupidity? A lie again, I think.