Friday, September 16, 2005

LTE, 9/16/2005, Philadelphia Inquirer

To the Editor:

On Thursday night, President Bush said "This government will learn the lessons of Hurricane Katrina. We are going to review every action and make necessary changes."

Can anyone take Mr. Bush's promise seriously? One of the characteristics of this administration has been to fill key positions with political cronies, exemplified by the incompetent Michael Brown. Who did he choose to lead the New Orleans reconstruction? None other than Karl Rove, who has no experience at all in the field of reconstruction, but plenty in the art media manipulation and political whitewash. Who got the no-bid contract to rebuild the city? The usual suspects who shortchanged our troops in Iraq: Halliburton and Bechtel.

How will all of this be paid for? Typically, Bush didn't say.

Maybe the administration will "learn the lessons", but I'm not holding my breath. Bush's speech was too little, too late, and more of the same old platitudes we've been hearing for the past four years.

Brendan Skwire
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