Sound Destruction: STRIDER WILL POLITICIZE THIS TRAGEDY (with Michael Moore's help)

Friday, September 02, 2005


Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Dear Mr. Bush:

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.

Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?

Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear.

You sure showed her!

I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?

And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!

On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.

There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.

No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!

You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.


Michael Moore

P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way. Maybe you can catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If instead of Katrina the destruction in New Orleans had been caused by Nitro and terrorists would the response have been any better? How prepared are we for a terrorist attack? Doesn't it make one wonder

9:43 AM  
Blogger Maine said...

I... I have nothing to add.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Chris Woods said...

Thanks for posting the letter, Strider, its a good one.

And the bus tour spurred by Sheehan is making a stop in Des Moines today. Hopefully I will be able to get downtown to make an appearance.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

I call that the next person who defends the President by accusing someone of politicizing this tragedy has to use the phrase "liberals would have howled if Republicans had made hay out of 9/11"

10:57 AM  
Blogger strider said...

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12:02 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

It's a damn good thing Bush won the election on the premise of keeping us safer, huh?! Sorry, Michael Moore's vocal cynicism is contageous and inspiring.

I do wonder though, how many Bush supporters have since questioned their support because of the sum status of Iraq in addition to our deteriorating global standing, and the myriad of problems we're facing here in the states.

I find it annoying and dissapointing when people continue their support of Bush out of pure stubborness. I mean hey, I voted for Clinton, twice, but when he did nasty things with cigars and a fat chick in a blue dress on my dime and lied about it, I didn't maintain blind support. No, I was none too happy and let it be known. But, before we go down the Clinton was an asshole road, let's keep perspective and remember that catchy little phrase:
When Clinton lied, no one died.

(what's with me and my diatribe comments lately??)

12:03 PM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

I read this on this morning.
Completely and utterly right on target.
Seriously, this is not only a tragedy of enormous proportions, I hate to say this, but it's also highly embarassing.
Not just because we're building roads and bridges in Iraq rather then working on restoring order in the areas affected, but just the lack of leadership overall.

And what does Bush do yesterday? FUCKING GOES AND PLAYS GOLF!
This stupid cocksucker has no business being the "leader" of the free world!

12:46 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Sar, some people don't care about their country their principles or their neighbors. They just want to be on the winning side. If I were a Bush supporter I'd be looking for a new side to be a winner on.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Mike V - Golfing? Are you kidding me?

Doug - That's exactly my point! Thank you.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Rewording brilliance and taking the credit is my stock-in-trade. You are very welcome.

2:11 PM  
Blogger GABRIEL C. ZOLMAN said...

That shows you where our priorities are. Strider posts an open letter to George W. Bush. I posted an open letter to Skeletor.

But really? They both will do about the same amount of good.


12:54 AM  
Blogger Jet said...

Several of the organized Baptist church meal buses that went to the area were interviewed by various news agencies. I found it rather telling that they were vocally disapointed and skeptical about the utter lack of federal response.

The base is getting a wake up call. Question is, where are the Dems?

9:36 AM  
Blogger Sar said...

I was watching a program last night (I think it was 20/20), and what I found startling obvious was the observation of a former FEMA leader that it took the media and camera crews no time at all to get in to NO to start covering the story, yet days and days for the Fed/Gov to show up. Meaning access was never an issue unless you believe that the media's travel access is greater than that of our federal government.

These people were essentially abandoned and ignored, left to suffer and many die. Now I'm seeing accounts of leaders (local & abroad) pleading to do more but saying their hands are tied until the same Fed/Gov requests more. This continues to play out in the poorest of scenarios.

10:11 AM  
Blogger actonbell said...

It's been a long time since I've checked out Michael Moore's site--thank you for reminding me. He's always right on. These comments are all excellent, too.
And I disagree that this is any indicator of how our gov't would react to terrorism--their priorities are all about terrorism, which is less likely to affect any of us than, say, natural disaster, the national debt, and lack of adequate health care.

6:50 PM  

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