White House Death Cult
09.10.2005 08:08 | DISPATCHES
From the Dossier of an Ex-Patriot.
Jonah Goldberg, the, er, provocative National Review Online editor-at-large, took a lot of heat for his letter to those taking refuge in the Superdome. It said, in part, "Hoard weapons, grow gills and learn to communicate with serpents."
He apologized, but, on September 6, reported that Randall Robinson, former president of Transafrica, had passed along this unsubstantiated misinformation: "It is reported that black hurricane victims in New Orleans have begun eating corpses to survive."
"I hadnít even raised the possibility," Goldberg said, "that, after just three or four days without food, blacks in New Orleans would transform into Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers."
Better quit while you're behind, Jonah.
Meanwhile, in her September 7 New York Times piece, "Haunted by Hesitation," Maureen Dowd wrote, "But now that the city is decimated, reeking with unnecessary death and destruction, the restless spirits of New Orleans will haunt the White House."
Speaking of haunting, if you're interested in the "Total [number of] lost souls who will haunt Bush for the rest of his life (if he has a conscience)," as Wayne Madsen writes, the legendary investigative reporter has done the math.
First, let's acknowledge that, because he exists at a remove from the action, it's never easy to accurately pin deaths on the leader of a nation. Besides, we're reluctant to accuse him of war crimes because one reason we follow a leader is because he makes the hard decisions for us and shoulders responsibility for war deaths.
Nevertheless, here's Madsen's rough estimate:
"3,000 dead from 911, 2000 dead American miltary from Iraq, and 40,000 from Katrina. 45,000 dead Americans during Bush's watch. Add to that 100,000 dead Iraqis. Total lost souls who will haunt Bush for the rest of his life (if he has a conscience) -- 145,000. There's your damned legacy, Bush!"