Reading between the lines
Behind George Bush’s hyper-happy photo-op in NOLA yesterday, there's a disturbing message. I think he may have been laying the foundation for some upcoming bad news: they aren’t going to bring the levees up to the level the city needs, nor is there going to be White House support for the Baker Bill.
Instead, I’m guessing any new money coming out of this administration in the coming year or so will fund the next round of pre-emptive activity in the Middle East. (Iran's looking good lately...)
Apparently acting before an event only applies to war, and this President simply does not care to be remembered for his domestic policies.
If Bush is pulling out his “Happy Happy Joy Joy” paint palette as a precursor to “They’re doin' fine down there in New Orleans. Just fine!”, then I think Eugene Robinson’s Requiem for the Crescent City is appropriate. I don’t think, though, that the blame can be laid at the feet of the BNOB proposal.
It doesn't have to go this way. I hope I'm wrong.