Sunday, September 18, 2005

Dear Scarlett,

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment on this post. I've always found it difficult to reply to talking points tossed like muck from a bucket. The hope, I know, is that something . . . anything will hit and while the target is distracted, ya hit ‘em with another bucketful.

So I'm not going to bother trying to untangle your screeds. What I am going to do, however, is pinpoint a few items I've chosen to pull out and address only them.

You wrote:

Bush cut funds that were intended to fix the problems with the levees and diverted that money to the middle east where it ended up in the hands of those at Haliburton which also got a no-bid contract to rebuild NO.
No. But I'm only going to talk about Halliburton's "no-bid" contracts.

The work Halliburton did and is doing in the middle east, and the projects it's currently working on in New Orleans were awarded under the U.S. Army Logistics Civil Augmentation Program. Known as LOGCAP, it is a competitively-awarded umbrella contract for specific items and services. Please see here for a quick overview of the program's history.

Halliburton is NOT rebuilding New Orleans. In Katrina's wake it is repairing the Navy's facilities and piers along the Gulf Coast. The other emergency project was and is repairing the water pumps in New Orleans so that it can be emptied out. (See here and here.)

You wrote:

The Bush administration gave millions in aid to the TALIBAN and members of the Taliban visited Washington and engaged in negotitions with the Bush adm for a pipeline thru Afganistan. Bush promised them a "carpet of gold or a carpet of bombs" for the pipeline.
I'll correct only one thing here. It was the Clinton Administration. In 1997 . . .

"[w]hile Afghanistan became a sanctuary for al Qaeda, the State Department’s interest in Afghanistan remained limited. Initially after the Taliban’s rise, some State diplomats were, as one official said to us, willing to “give the Taliban a chance” because it might be able to bring stability to Afghanistan. A secondary consideration was that stability would allow an oil pipeline to be built through the country, a project to be managed by the Union Oil Company of California, or UNOCAL." -- 9-11 Commission
As for your contention, Scarlett, that Saddam shoulda been left alone 'cause he never hurt or killed nobody in the US . . . Hussein and Terror.

Interesting stuff about the links to Iraq and the attack on the World Trade Center. The one in 1993.

If you're not familiar with that one, google it!

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5 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

Good job, Doyle. I almost took the reins on the issues she touched on about Israel, but it isn't worth my time. Nothing I say is going to open her closed mind.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

And BTW, Scarlett, it was just a joke, FFS. Is your last name Kennedy????

10:57 PM  
Blogger Scarlett said...

I'm sorry. Mistakes were made. I got it wrong.

It wasn't those in the Bush adm who asked the taliban for a pipeline through Afganistan, of course! it was those in the clinton administration. And it was Clinton who cut funding for the levees in NOLA by millions of dollars. It's clinton's fault we haven't caught bin laden. Haliburton just happened to get the contracts in Iraq and NO and it had nothing to do with bidding or anything sinister at all. Bush is doing a wonderful job in the middle east and our soldiers are helping children. Katrina hit NO because the people there are lazy and the mayor is no good and its all their fault. Bush wears a halo and has wings.

btw did you see the photo of him writing a note to condi stating that he might need a bathroom break while attending a summit at the UN? widdle georgie needed permission to go to the bathroom. Oh wait! I'm sorry! It wasn't George Bush who sought help from a cabinet secretary to get him to the bathroom! That was Bill Clinton!

7:12 PM  
Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Actually the money for the levees has been cut by both Republican and Democrat for years and years. LBJ,Carter, Clinton all cut the funds as did many of the Republicans.

It is patently false to try and lay the blame solely at Dubya's feet.

Did you know that in 1947 a hurricane put much of NO under three feet of water.

This is not a new problem.

10:32 AM  
Blogger doyle said...

One additional point to add on to yours, Jack.

It's Congress that appropriates funds, not any president.

8:38 PM  

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