People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 12, 2006
dramatic and sometimes agonising terms, federal disaster officials warned
president Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck
that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans' Superdome
and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage.
didn't ask a single question during the final briefing before Katrina struck on
August 29, but he assured soon-to-be-battered state officials: "We are
footage show in excruciating detail that while federal officials anticipated the
tragedy that unfolded in New Orleans and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast, they
were fatally slow to realise they had not mustered enough resources to deal with
the unprecedented disaster.
by secure video, Bush expressed a confidence on August 28 that starkly
contrasted with the dire warnings his disaster chief and numerous federal, state
and local officials provided during the four days before the storm.
The Times of India, March 3
A MAJORITY of Americans believe the recent sectarian violence in Iraq is heading the way of an outright civil war and that the US should begin withdrawing its troops from that country, according to a new poll.
ABC News polls shows 80 per cent believing that recent sectarian violence
makes civil war in Iraq likely, with more than one-third saying that such a
conflict is “very likely” to happen. More than half of those surveyed --- 52
per cent --- have said that the US should begin withdrawing forces. Whereas one
in six favour an immediate pullout, about a third of those surveyed believed
this should happen over a period of time.
In what can be seen as a message to the Bush White House, two-thirds of those surveyed believed president George W Bush does not have a clear plan for handling the Iraq situation.
--- The Statesman, March 8