Monday, August 28, 2006

Feds on spin patrol in New Orleans

Feds say New Orleans is storm-ready.

Oh really? I heard this on Saturday:
Contradicting other Bush administration officials, Lt. Gen. Carl Strock, the U.S. Army Corps' chief, conceded it isn't clear whether the levees could withstand a big hurricane this year.

"To pinpoint it to one thing and say 'yes' or 'no' is very difficult," he told reporters Saturday.
And then Bush's guy spins it around on Sunday:
Federal emergency officials claim the New Orleans levee system is ready for another major hurricane, despite the less-optimistic views of other political leaders and engineers.

"I think we're in good shape," Don Powell, the Bush administration's coordinator of Gulf Coast rebuilding, said Sunday. "There's no question in my mind, we're ready."
Don't know about you, but if I lived in New Orleans, I think I'd be taking the army engineer's word for it if he's doubtful, not a Bush politico. That's a tough one. Had to think for a full 3 seconds.