September 22, 2005

George Bush now responsible for as many American deaths as Osama bin Laden

Running some numbers today:

  • Total number of innocent Americans killed by Bin Laden's actions on September 11: 2,986
  • Total number of innocent Americans killed by George Bush's actions and inactions in the subsequent four years: 2,945 (and rising)


With 1909 US fatalities in Iraq and rising, and with the Katrina body count now at 1,036 and rising, the number of American deaths that George Bush is responsible for is coming close to surpassing the number caused by Osama bin Laden.

9 comments:

Chris said...

I forgot to count the more than 100 American contractors killed in Iraq. Bush's number has already passed OBL's.

Tyler said...

So ALL of the deaths caused by hurricane Katrina were caused by GW? Even those people who were told to leave New Orleans, but didn't? Every single death can be attributed to George Bush in some way? Every body, GW's fault directly or indirectly?

Even if FEMA had been maximally efficient, they'd have still taken 2-3 days to get aid to people. Thats how the government works. The fact that evacuation facilities had no food, water, or medicine at all is clearly attributable to local incompetence.

Well, whatever, GW still has a few more to go to Catch Clinton

jess said...

you boys behave yourselves.

Chris said...

Yes, every death caused by flooding is GWB's responsibility. He promised to move heaven and earth to prevent another 9/11 scale disaster, and instead he stayed on vacation, and did nothing.

larry said...

I have to side with Tyler on the numbers thing...the natural disaster would undoubtedly have caused some deaths regardless of the federal government's response.

However, a good part of what Tyler calls "local incompetence" was simply that they believed FEMA. During the "Hurricane Pam" simulation, FEMA promised an aggressive and prompt response, which in reality didn't occur. Local and state governments are all learning very quickly never to trust the feds....

Laura said...

Hmmm...and let's see, I think it was Bush who cut funding to FEMA, and I do believe that Bush's policies contributed to higher poverty. Many of the people who stayed in New Orleans stayed because they had no way out. True, some stayed because they wanted to, and there are idiots everywhere, but by and large those that stayed had no other choice. FEMA wasn't mobilizing busses to get them the hell out of there, so what other choice did they have.

Furthermore, Bush cut funding to the Army Corps of Engineers whose job it was to inspect the levy system. Seems like there was some failure there.

Now, I'm not saying that every death that occurred as a result of Katrina was the personal responsibility of G.W. Bush, but many were.

And as for the statement, Tyler, that "that's how the government works" that is simply not a good excuse, and I doubt that if we were talking about your family, your friends and your home you'd feel the same way. Americans lost everything they had, they lost their lives, and the American government was warned how deadly this storm would be, yet they did nothing to prepare for the aftermanth,and all you can say is "that's how the government works?" Even that moron in the White House can see that he screwed up...what will it take for you to see it, Tyler?

Tyler said...

Laura,

GW cannot be held responsible for EVERY SINGLE death cause by the god damn hurricane !@#$. Its ridicoulous to state that!!! That was the statment made by Chris. I'm not saying that budgets weren't cut and things that should have been done were not. Some deaths maybe you can attribut to GW's policies in someway. But every single death!?!?! Come on, thats complete nonsense. Jesus Christ, thats insane. So what about the hurricane Floyd? Dude read this Dude, read this!

Chris said...

Heaven and earth, Tyler. It was either incompetence or callousness or stupidity that lead to his delayed reaction which caused so many people to die. None of those excuse his inaction. Those deaths could have been prevented.

Chris said...

Oh yeah, don't forget that Bush did cut his vacation short once before. He interrupted another vacation in Texas to fly back to Washington in the middle of the night to sign legislation, pushed through in a rare weekend session, designed to keep a severely brain-damaged Florida woman alive.