Reading Time: 1 minute Russ Baker and radio host Gary Null discuss the tragedy of Katrina, “disaster capitalism,” the Bush Administration’s hollowing out of government services, and more. What you didn’t hear … anywhere else during all the 10th anniversary hand-wringing.
Reading Time: 7 minutes In the final part of this five-part investigative series on the real (but still-hidden) backstory to the disastrous FEMA handling of Hurricane Katrina, we learn that no bad deed goes unrewarded, as those who ran FEMA into the ground joined the private sector as “experts,” and cashed in their access.
Reading Time: 8 minutes In Part 4 of this series, we learn how Bush’s hand-picked team set about dismantling the competent, engaged FEMA team installed under Bill Clinton.
Reading Time: 5 minutes An eyewitness account of Hurricane Katrina from a WhoWhatWhy editor
Reading Time: 4 minutes More on Bush’s “Enforcer,” Joe Allbaugh, the man responsible for putting Michael Brown at the helm of FEMA prior to Hurricane Katrina
Reading Time: 9 minutes This article was originally assigned, accepted, and paid for in full by Vanity Fair — which never got around to publishing it. It tells the story of the cronyism, corruption, ineptness, contempt for the public and utter shamelessness of the Bush family apparatus and its extensive network. With yet another Bush now contesting the White House, and with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina upon us, we would do well to study this closely. It documents unequivocally how greed and unenlightened self-interest in high places can tear apart the very fabric of American society. Originally written within months of Hurricane Katrina, it will still make your blood boil.
This week we publish it in five parts. Here is Part 2.
Reading Time: 30 minutes If you want a fairy tale account of recent history—with an engaged president taking tough choices in the public interest—hightail it to Dallas and visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. If you’d prefer the real story—of cronyism, incompetence, cynicism and self-dealing by the American aristocracy, read on.
Reading Time: 1 minute One thing the media ought to do on a regular basis is provide updates on the quality of appointees a president makes. Irrespective of political philosophy, most of us can agree that people should be appointed to positions for which they appear qualified. And they should not be hired for positions where their experience runs Read More