Plenty of discussion continues today regarding the President’s one-hour press conference yesterday.
Many are hung up on his idea that the military will move in and secure things martially in the event of an avian flu outbreak. While Bush mentioned – and highly recommended – “Mr. Barry’s book on the influenza outbreak of 1918,” we must assume that, as per usual, Rumsfeld will want complete control over any plan (or lack thereof) to combat avian flu ? hence the reference to the military.
Bush remains insistent on the “progress” in Iraq, invoking the convenient “let me remind you that we are at war” phrase in his address – proving for certain that he doesn’t read the papers. His claim that 30 Iraqi troops are now in the lead (in defense of General Abizaid and General Casey’s claims that only one Iraqi batallion is battle-ready) only infers that they’re helpless pawns on the frontlines of stronger U.S. forces – probably the reason Iraqi troops face twice the amount of casualties as Americans. At least he’s conceding his Social Security reform plans, or so writes DailyKoz.
As for the Harriett “pit bull” Miers announcement, nobody says it quite like George Will in today’s WaPo.
On the gov’t deliberate process of removing and clearing damage caused by the hurricanes:
BUSH: How about getting this debris removed?? Now that you’re interested, I’ll tell you.
They didn’t want to be moving federally paid dozers on private property. Imagine cleaning up a debris and the person shows them, says, “Where’s my valuable china?” or, “Where’s my valuable art?”