Wednesday, September 07, 2005

KATRINA TIMELINE

"Think Progress" has posted an excellent timeline of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in New Orleans, beginning Friday, August 26, the day Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco declared a state of emergency. Evidently, Bush returned to Ranch Crawford on Tuesday evening, August 30. Secretary of State Condi Rice took in the U.S. Open and shopped for shoes in New York on Thursday, September 1. By Friday, Karl Rove's 'blame everyone else' strategy went into operation. In the meantime, hundreds if not thousands were stilled trapped without food, water, vital medicines, and safe refuge. Curiously, as Josh Marshall informs us at Talking Points Memo, Halliburton lobbyist Joe Allbaugh was already on the ground in Louisiana by September 1, coordinating private-sector reconstruction contracts.

Republican Priorities: First-Profit...Last-Human Life.