**Girl on the Blog**

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Sinking Feeling...

I have been glued to my TV the last few days. I have been watching stories unfold regarding Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath. I am trying to understand why our country has lost its creditability. My heart has that same sinking feeling like it did when 9/11 happened. I have been watching heart breaking pictures, video and pleads for HELP from innocent adults and children! Scientists at Louisiana State University say their computer models now suggest as many as 80,000 people may have perished. Hopefully this is not true.

A statement given by Jack Cafferty, who is with CNN news, let his views be known on one of Wolf Blitzers shows, The Situation Room. He sums up how a lot of Americans feel. I couldn't have said it better myself.

Jack Cafferty: "The thing that's most glaring in all this is that conditions continue to deteriorate for the people who are victims in this, and the efforts to do something about it don't seem to be anywhere in sight. I want to read you something, Wolf. This is a quote from an editorial:"

'A better leader would have flown straight to the disaster zone and announced the immediate mobilization of every available resource. The cool, confident intuitive leadership Bush exhibited in his first term, particularly in the months following 9/11, has vanished.'

"Now that's not from some liberal rag; that is an editorial from one of the most conservative newspapers in the country, New Hampshire's UNION LEADER. THE NEW YORK TIMES, not unexpectedly, kind of chimed in. They said the president showed up a day later than he was needed and they excoriate him for appearing 'casual to the point of carelessness.'Harsh words coming from FEMA's former disaster response chief, Eric Tolbert: 'The government was not ready and shifted its attention from natural disaster to fighting the war on terror.'

" The questions we ask on The Situation Room every afternoon, Wolf, are posted on the website 2 to 3 hours before we go on the air, and people who read the website often begin to respond to the questions before the show actually starts. The question this hour is: How would you rate the response of the federal government to Hurricane Katrina?"

"I've got to tell you something, we got 500-600 letters before the show even went on the air. NO ONE --- NO ONE--- says the federal government is doing a good job in handling one of the most atrocious and embarrassing and far-reaching and calamitous things that has come along in this country in my lifetime. I'm 62, I remember the riots in Watts, I remember the earthquake in San Francisco. I remember a lot of things. I have never, ever, seen anything as badly bungle and poorly handled as this situation in New Orleans.

"Where the hell is the water for these people? Why can't sandwiches be dropped to those people who are in the Superdome down there? I mean, what is going on -- this is Thursday. This is the government the taxpayers are paying for, and it's fallen right flat on its face, as far as I can see, in the way it's handled this thing."

This has to be a dream and someone will pinch us all and everything will be okay... right? How in the world did America get like this? In a drop of a hat we were there to help those in the tsunami relief. We can help every other country but our own? How is this possible? Why is this possible? As an American this is the biggest slap in the face. I can not imagine what our fellow Americans with out food, water, clothing, etc... are thinking or feeling about what is suppose to be the "Greatest" country in the world....

Also, the Louisianians, Mississippians and Alabamians are not refugees... They are victims. Victim means one who is harmed, one who is made to suffer, or one who is taken advantage of.

Until we meet again...

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