06 September 2005

The blame game

    They told me they fixed it. I trusted them to fix it. It's not my fault.
      Lando Calrissian
      The Empire Strikes Back

A stinging criticism of the Bush administration was offered by Michael Moore in this open letter to President Bush. As Moore is wont to do, the letter is heavy on sarcasm and, IMHO, tries too hard to blame Bush.

In particular, Moore goes after cuts in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' budget. To be sure, Bush's cuts have been the largest to date, but previous administrations from both parties had already cut plenty. FactCheck.org has an analysis of this issue, and the jury is still out.

More accurate and appropriate criticism was offered by Eleanor Clift in this commentary about the Bush administration's leadership (and lack thereof) in the days leading up to and immediately following Huricane Katrina striking the Gulf Coast.

For its part, the White House addressed these criticisms by doing what it does best: pointing fingers and shifting blame.


Anonymous said...


Fix your URL. It should be http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/message/index.php?id=183. It looks like you had an extra "http://" in there, taking us to Microsoft, for some reason (and I'm using Firefox!).


Andrew said...

Um, that wasn't a mistake. That was just my clever way of checking if anyone is actually reading my blog. Yeah that's it.

Thanks Christian. Link fixed.

As for the Microsoft thing, I dunno. They're just everywhere.

TheMoney&TheFame said...

But isn't it absolutely awe-inspiring how "Oh my God! How come the news cameras and reoporters can get there and nobody is helping these people!" turned into "criticism of the Federal Response" turned into "Criticism of Bush" turned into "now is not the time toplay the Blame Game" turned into "Who's Really at Fault" turned into "Most Americans find the Mayor and Governor to Blame" and then into "Change the channel, enough already. Oh my God. Britney had a boy!"

Andrew said...

Well, Bush's numbers are still shit, so I don't think people have moved on quite yet.