9
Sep
2005

The "stuff happens" presidency

The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

09/08/05

We're not number one. We're not even close. By which measures, precisely, do we lead the world? Caring for our countrymen? You jest. A first-class physical infrastructure? Tell that to New Orleans. Throwing so much money at the rich that we've got nothing left over to promote the general welfare? Now you're talking. ... Is it any surprise, then, that the administration's response to the devastation in New Orleans is of a piece with its response to the sacking of Baghdad once our troops arrived? 'Stuff happens!' was the way Don Rumsfeld described the destruction of Baghdad's hospitals, universities, and museums while American soldiers stood around. Now stuff has happened in New Orleans, too, even as FEMA was turning away offers of assistance. This is the stuff-happens administration...

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