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The Cavalry Came Too Late While FEMA Denied Water to NOLA

Reported by Marie Therese - September 4, 2005

This morning in a raw and emotional statement made on Meet the Press, Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard broke down and, in doing so, made some damning statements against FEMA. Among other things, he said that Wal-Mart sent water and FEMA turned it away. He recounted the story of how every day they were being told that "The cavalry's coming" - on Tuesday, on Wednesday, on Thursday, on Friday - but the cavalry didn't come.

Every day one of his co-workers received a call from his mother in an old people's home asking when they would be rescued. Her son told her "The cavalry's coming"- on Tuesday, on Wednesday, on Thursday, on Friday. Broussard broke down as he gasped out the words we all dreaded: She drowned on Friday night. Broussard sobbed that they'd been abandoned by the government.

Immediately after his appearance, Russert asked Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour how his state had fared. The story was quite different. Mississippi got the Coast Guard rescue ships and had a much lower death toll.

It looks as if the Bush administration - knowing their military resources were stretched - sent them to the red state of Mississippi, where Trent Lott lives, and not to the blue state of Louisiana.

Even worse, it also seems that FEMA cordoned off NOLA, turned away water trucks, refused to allow residents of New Orleans leave, botched the busing, etc. On Friday night even FOX News' own Shepard Smith was shouting down Hannity, saying "the government" won't let anyone leave.

Yesterday morning during "Cost of Freedom" Neil Cavuto said something that really disturbed me. He said "Thousands are being airlifted and bused from the New Orleans Convention Center as the evacuation is beefed up, now with additional active-duty troops on the way, courtesy of the President of the United States."

It was the word "courtesy" that got to me, as if alleviating suffering was some kind of little extra that King George the Fourth deigned to bestow on his subjects at his own whim and on his own timetable.

Well, I'd like to tell King George the Fourth that he can take his "courtesy" and put it where the sun don't shine.

Crooks and Liars has the video of Broussard.

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