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  1. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Bush Takes Responsibility for Blunders
    Sep 13 12:13 PM US/Eastern
    By LARA JAKES JORDAN
    Associated Press Writer



    WASHINGTON

    President Bush said Tuesday that "I take responsibility" for failures in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and said the disaster raised broader questions about the government's ability to respond to natural disasters as well as terror attacks.

    "Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government," Bush said at joint White House news conference with the president of Iraq.

    "To the extent the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility," Bush said.

    The president was asked whether people should be worried about the government's ability to handle another terrorist attack given failures in responding to Katrina.

    "Are we capable of dealing with a severe attack? That's a very important question and it's in the national interest that we find out what went on so we can better respond," Bush replied.

    He said he wanted to know both what went wrong and what went right.

    As for blunders in the federal response, "I'm not going to defend the process going in," Bush said. "I am going to defend the people saving lives."

    He praised relief workers at all levels. "I want people in America to understand how hard people worked to save lives down there," he said.

    Bush spoke after R. David Paulison, the new acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, pledged to intensify efforts to find more permanent housing for the tens of thousands of Hurricane Katrina survivors now in shelters.
     

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  2. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    so does this mean he won't run for a 3rd term?
     
  3. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    DRB unemployed bum

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    What does taking responsibility mean? A guy gets a girl pregnant and he accepts repsonsiblity. What does that mean? Yeah I did it. Or yeah I did it and here is what I'm going to do to own up to it. Oh and actually do what you say. In most cases its an empty appeal meant to curry some level of forgiveness without actually apologizing. He should have taken responsibility before it happened. Now its just clean up. And that goes for all of them.

    In the end it will all fall into a mess of partisan politics with no meaningful change being implemented, ie 9-11.
     
  5. dan-o

    dan-o Turbo Monkey

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    STFU? He admits that we can't handle a predicted emergency and we need to STFU? The guys incompetent.
     
  6. enkidu

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    Oh, but he is doing what he knows best how to, trumping up the "evilness" of some "attackable" countries to get the fix of "quick victory" high:

    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=18451

    . . . and this time with the ultimate WMD on countries which don't have WMD. Even Bush is clever enough to avoid been retaliated by WMD-equals.

    "Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations [.pdf],"
     
  7. I Are Baboon

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    I hate to admit this, but I don't see anything BAD about Bush taking responsibility here. He could have ducked around it, not taken the blame, and pointed the finger at other agencies (*cough cough IRAQ INTELLIGENCE cough cough*), but he isn't.

    I guess if you fock up enough times, eventually you have to take some responsibility.
     
  8. Changleen

    Changleen Paranoid Member

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    But all he's doing is saying "It's my fault". Is he going to quit? Is he going to do anything? No. So it's pointless.
     
  9. ohio

    ohio The Fresno Kid

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    I agree that it's an important step. I was quite surprised to hear it, and certainly glad. In my mind it removes the "evil" from a man I thought of as "evil and incompetent."

    Now, as I've mentioned before, if he wants to prove his competence, he won't just admit the failure, he will explain why it won't happen again. He will demonstrate and understanding of what went wrong, and will take action to ensure that he doesn't make the same mistake twice.

    Repeating "we're going to fix this" does not count as fixing it or even taking action to fix it. I want concrete actions. I want specific steps. Responsibility is MORE than just accountability.
     
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    Changleen Paranoid Member

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    There's still the small matter of that invasion. This kind of makes it worse. He's 'sorry' for screwing over his own people but Arabs and soldiers don't matter.
     
  11. MMike

    MMike A fowl peckerwood.

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    But I thought brownie was doing a heckuva a job! What gives? You mean he wasn't? Stupid brownie....

    bownie brownie brownie....
     
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    I dont care what Bush has done. I dont care what countries he's been to. I dont care how many treaties he's made with other nations.

    He'll never leave the shelf in Home Depot
     
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    Until he resigns, he hasn't really taken responsibility, it's lip service.
     
  14. Ciaran

    Ciaran Fear my banana

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    Bush doesn't take responsibility, he takes credit.


    He wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't going to somehow benefit him.
     
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    You guys are giving him too much credit. He's not opting to take responsibility, his people have instructed him to apologize thinking he can regain some minority support if he makes a small concession.

    He probably just didn't know what a hurricane was at the time.
     
  16. erastusboy

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    HAHA I hadnt thought of that. A hurra-what ? No their fine.
     
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    ohio The Fresno Kid

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    Of course he did; he's a huge fan of both college football AND booze.
     
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    It will benefits other Republicans when Bush leaves office.
     
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    Exactly, at this point it's all about damage control. Let's face it, Bush assumed that the folks he put in charge would jump into action. He had no idea what was going on; he was giving everyone, including Brown, accolades for the job they had done...
     
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    Bush's latest visit to NO: