Watching the coverage of Katrina over the last week, it occured to me that the Bush administration's only response to every problem is to send in more troops while making loud statements about how it was a problem no one could have foreseen. Rather like the quacks of old who believed that a little blood-letting was the panacea for all human ills, and everyone else was a charlatan and a liar. One shudders to think how Bush and co. plan to meet budget shortfalls - no doubt by sending more troops into the Fed.
I'm reminded of this amazing Tom Lehrer song:
When someone makes a moveAlso, does anyone else find it interesting that a week after the incident we still don't have an official casualty number? Are we really expected to believe that the authorities have no idea how many people have died in this thing (the New Orleans mayor said he thought that it was probably over 10,000 apparently)? Ya, right. At least most other governments have the decency to make up bogus numbers to keep the truth from getting out. Bush and the Shrubs just keep the number from becoming public till they manage to figure out how to spin it. How convenient. So much for being the upholders of democracy in the free world.
Of which we don't approve,
Who is it that always intervenes?
U.N. and O.A.S.,*
They have their place, I guess,
But first - send the Marines!
We'll send them all we've got,
John Wayne and Randolph Scott;
Remember those exciting fighting scenes?
To the shores of Tripoli,
But not to Mississippoli,
What do we do? We send the Marines!
For might makes right,
And till they've seen the light,
They've got to be protected,
All their rights respected,
Till somebody we like can be elected.
Members of the corps
All hate the thought of war;
They'd rather kill them off by peaceful means.
Stop calling it aggression,
Ooh, we hate that expression!
We only want the world to know
That we support the status quo.
They love us everywhere we go,
So when in doubt,
Send the Marines!