Bush Accepts Blame in Slow Response to Katrina

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Breaking News on CNN.com: President Bush says he takes responsibility for the federal government’s failures in responding to Hurricane Katrina. Details soon.

It takes a real man to step up and admit to one’s mistakes – whether they are fully to blame or not. CNN just reported that President Bush is taking responsibility for the government’s failure in responding to Hurricane Katrina. Is this really government’s fault? I don’t think so.

The City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana are responsible for this tragedy. Those governments failed to act in a timely manner. They gambled with the lives of their citizens by assuming the levees would hold and New Orleans would be safe. If anything, I think the Federal Government has bailed them both out by coming in like they have done. Sure, one could argue that the Federal government should have come in sooner. But if they didn’t, I can only say that it’s because the state didn’t request them to come in quickly enough.

Why isn’t anyone pointing fingers at the state and local governments in Louisiana? This is as much their fault as anyone else’s…

Sooner or Later – Michael Tolcher – I Am