09/02/2005 03:30 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011


As we anticipate the commemoration of the fourth anniversary of 9/11, it is time to take stock of how our leaders have performed since that day. Bush essentially won re-election by manipulating the fears of the voters. Alas, the color coded threat warnings of last fall are a quaint memory now that another actual disaster has occurred.

Remember all the squawking about how a nuclear device was certain to be detonated in an American city in the not-too-distant future? Unfortunately, that dark prophecy may yet prove true. If it does, think of New Orleans as a test run in civic preparedness. Did your stomach just drop a few inches?

This week's epic disaster has been compounded by the incompetence of our national government who, if their response to the New Orleans situation is any indication, haven't done much to prepare us for another strike from the Islamists. Bush often reminds us, "We're fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them at home". This comes as a great relief because, apparently, we're not quite ready.

Turning on CNN, Fox News, or any other media outlet, one sees pictures that say it all. It's five days after the hurricane and New Orleans is in chaos. I see in certain angry responses to other posts accusations of "piling on", of kicking Bush when he's down, and I agree. No one needs to pile on. The reality is eloquent enough.