Monday, December 05, 2005

You have the right to serve as one of the cheering throng behind Dear Leader

These people have no limits. Rove wanted martial law in order for Bubble Boy to be seen as the action-figure President.

"Politics ain't beanbag," is that the saying? And those who like to throw around that phrase, would they say that applies here?

Is suspending rights and granting extraordinary power OK, because it was done in the service of "hardball" politics?

Or does it show that this administration is dangerous and self-serving and harmful to the citizens of this country?

Documents Highlight Bush-Blanco Standoff

Shortly after noon on Aug. 31, Louisiana Sen. David Vitter (R) delivered a message that stunned aides to Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D), who were frantically managing the catastrophe that began two days earlier when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.

White House senior adviser Karl Rove wanted it conveyed that he understood that Blanco was requesting that President Bush federalize the evacuation of New Orleans. The governor should explore legal options to impose martial law "or as close as we can get," Vitter quoted Rove as saying, according to handwritten notes by Terry Ryder, Blanco's executive counsel.


A Blanco aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the people around Bush were trying to maneuver the governor into an unnecessary change intended to make Bush look decisive.


Ryder's notes report that on the night of Sept. 1, Army Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, advised Blanco, as an aide put it, "You don't want to do that. You lose control, and you don't get one more boot on the ground."

Later, Blum told Ryder he came "under political duress" for his opinion and used military slang to describe an out-of-control situation, according to Ryder's notes.


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