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By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 06, 2005

"Is President Bush to blame for hurricane Katrina?"

That's the question we've been asked in an internet poll. Unless the CIA has discovered a way to manufacture tropical storms, it's a foolish question.

We can debate back and forth about how well the government-- at various levels-- responded to the storm. But let's get something straight:

The only man you can plausibly blame for a natural disaster is Adam.

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  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Sep. 08, 2005 6:44 PM ET USA

    Who's to blame??? Weren't we warned at Fatima? If we do not stop sinning, various nations will be annihilated. Look at the horrible damage sin causes and even good people get caught in the middle. More Rosaries are needed!!! Who knows what's next!! God help us....

  • Posted by: - Sep. 08, 2005 2:50 PM ET USA

    I have been a lifelong conservative and have watched the Republicans sellout the party to neocons who care less about principle and more about unadulterated power. Bush seems to care more about the freedom and security of Iraqis than he does the poor blacks of NO. Continue to defend him repubs while he pours billions into a bottomless pit in Iraq while who knows is slipping across our borders in the southwest. Party first, thats the new creed and money. Principle, country, no longer matter.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 08, 2005 2:42 PM ET USA

    Hannah my point about Katrina was that he responded too late to Katrina as did the local officials, but he was quick to plan far ahead in the case of the bogus war in Iraq. Shows where his priorities are, not on American citizens. That's my point and the truth. He does not control the weather, but he does control the executive branches response to disasters, borders and national defense. Republicans/neocons will defend him no matter what. He is indefensible. A horrible failure as president

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Sep. 07, 2005 7:03 PM ET USA

    No doubt the whole universe revolves around Democrats and Republicans..., as though the chief impact of an event as catastrophic as Katrina is political! Frankly, I tire of this poltical obsession. I really feel that it masks a self-consciousness about dealing with the event in terms of spiritual truth. Thousnds died, yet we speak of "Democrats" and "Republicans." No one wants to face th fact that GOD ALLOWED this event to take place. Jonah, despite his running, was better than most of us.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2005 2:33 PM ET USA

    Odysseus: And your point about Bush,even if it were true, has to do what with Hurricane Katrina? The fact is, is that Louisiana has been controlled by Democrats for years. Is the Federal government responsible for everything, including making sure people get on buses and leave a dangerous situation when they're told? If anyone is to blame, it's Democrats with their irresponsibility and sloth, and now the people in Louisiana (not to mention American taxpayers) are having to pay for their sins.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2005 1:36 PM ET USA

    Why must conservatives continue to defend this man who is bankrupting our country? He's not a conservative. He loves to use that name when it's convenient for him, but what will he do with judges? Will he defend them? Will he nominate activists because they fit a certain racial profile? He has been a disaster as a president in every way, but yet conservatives will still defend him because a nutty liberal attacks him. Let the vultures have their way. He deserves it.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2005 1:31 PM ET USA

    Bush doesn't control the weather. The leftists have their typical nutty agenda, but the truth is that Bush is a fraud. He was planning a war in Iraq before 911 and the billions it would cost and then responds three days late to American citizens. He then gets on TV more concerned about defending his record than the plight of N.O. Bush won't defend our borders, encourages importation of foreigners to take American jobs and globalism, and has the nerve to call himself conservative

  • Posted by: Eleazar - Sep. 07, 2005 10:13 AM ET USA

    I have been told that one of the reasons the evacuation was delayed was because of a Gay Pride Parade. Could God be asking, "Can you hear me now?"

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2005 9:18 AM ET USA

    The real culprit is Dick Cheney (and Halliburton). See

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2005 8:24 AM ET USA

    >> "The only man you can plausibly blame for a natural disaster is Adam." Concedo, strictly speaking, but Distinguo otherwise. A Government, through bad resource allocations, can weaken a region (poorly maintained flood protection; few local soldiers to prevent looting because they are in Irak; etc.). A Government can also increase the severity of climatic disasters by increasing greenhouse gases. The more reasonable leftists don't claim Bush actually caused Katarina.

  • Posted by: The OX - Sep. 07, 2005 7:41 AM ET USA

    Someoe needs to straighten out Catholic Tim Russert out. He then needs to straighten out Senator Landrieu. As a 70 year old Catholic who was at a Business Convention in Biloxi in 1966 at the time of Mardi Gras. My description of Mardi Gras is a week long drunken orgy prior to ASH wednesday EACH YEAR. I had always felt that it had a Catholic base. ????

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2005 12:07 AM ET USA

    Oh yeah, Bush and his oil buddies are to blame. Clinton never cut levy money from the budget either, right? Blah, blah, blah sayeth the socialist hypocrits who drive cars and who never take responsibility for anything...including their own sinful behavior which could just as well have caused the misery.To quote one teary-eyed, maudlin Louisianan Democrat drama Queen "Just shut up and send us the money!"

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Sep. 06, 2005 8:03 PM ET USA reasoning, if Bush didn't request funding then those in Louisiana should have demanded it. Also, the problem with the levies didn't start w/the Bush admin. Heck, we could go all the way back through Dems & Republicans, and even before that! Blame the French! They built the city below sea level to begin with!

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 06, 2005 7:53 PM ET USA

    Indeed, Diogenes. The response, and the lack of it,starts with the mayor of NewOrleans, a black man (are blacks calling him a racist, too?), and the governor of the state: ask about the hundreds and hundreds of busses that sat in a city parking lot, not covered in water, ready for use; and how the governor refused to give control to the Feds for at least 24 hours. Let's get ALL the facts out there. And pray, pray, pray. Practice the corporal & spiritual works of mercy. AMDG.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Sep. 06, 2005 6:37 PM ET USA

    Before they blame Adam they'll have to find out if he was a Democrat or a Republican. I have my own theory, since he refused to take responsibility for his own actions, but I won't say what it is.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 06, 2005 6:33 PM ET USA

    While we can't blame the hurricane on President Bush, we can blame him for not requesting appropriate levels of funding to fix a system that the Army Corps of Engineers knew was going to fail (even though they didn't know when). In part, we can also blame him and his oil buddies for a canal system which further cut down on nature's protective features. No, he isn't to blame for the hurricane, but the fact still remains that his administration gambled and lost.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 06, 2005 5:17 PM ET USA

    It is obvious that there is an agenda to smear your President. It was quite evident on CNN! The criteria must be that he went into Iraq with everything he had and left the US open to problems should such a disaster occur. We must blame Adam!and only Adam!