September 5, 2005
My initial thoughts on the disaster in New Orleans from hurricane Katrina.
The political left is working full time to blame it all on President Bush, but anarchy is not his fault and the levees that broke were not on the list of those that officials say needed shoring-up.
Critics say the Pentagon raided the National Guard for the Iraq war and that’s why there initially appeared to be too few guardsmen in New Orleans to help.
Yes, and if we were hit by a terrorist attack, the Libs would have said the troops should have been somewhere else.
Now is not the time to play the blame game.
Now is the time to help people and to stop the rapes, murders, looting and gang violence.
There can be investigations later as to what went wrong and how to make things better for the future.
I like House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s suggestion that New Orleans should be bulldozed and forgotten.
Other great cities have passed into history but it is too dangerous with so much exposure to the gulf and lake to spend so much to rebuild the city only to have this happen again.
Much to think about, but let’s help the living first and blame others later.
I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.