Brownie, We Hardly Know Ye

by TChris

What to think of Michael Brown? His job with the Arabian Horse Association didn't work out, and only cronyism can explain his appointment to manage FEMA. Brown seemed less informed about conditions in New Orleans than CNN viewers, and more interested in fine dining than in the grueling work of disaster relief.

After being thrown overboard by the president who assured him he was doing a heck of a job, Brown worked hard to rehabilitate his image, with some success. Many of his criticisms of the Bush administration are justified, and the monumental failure of the federal response to Katrina cannot rest on Brown's shoulders alone. Still, there's little doubt that "Michael Brown was completely in over his head in running a federal agency and dealing with an actual disaster," and it's fair to argue that he "can't bring himself to actually take responsibility for his own failures."

A new series, "AIR: America's Investigative Reports," takes another look at Michael Brown, exposing "a pattern of Brownie's incompetence that merely foreshadowed the breathtaking malfeasance to come."

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    Re: Brownie, We Hardly Know Ye (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Thu Aug 31, 2006 at 10:38:39 PM EST
    mr. brown is almost the classic example of the "peter principle" gone horribly awry: he somehow manages to rise above his level of incompetence. unfortunately, his incompetence doesn't just affect a bunch of wealthy horse owners, but thousands of poor unfortunates, devastated by natural disasters. is america a great country or what!

    Re: Brownie, We Hardly Know Ye (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Fri Sep 01, 2006 at 07:38:33 AM EST
    It's amazing how a guy with the qualification of being fired by an association of horses (or was it horses' asses?), who had nothing bad to say about the Junta within which he served until his own incompetence was so astounding that even the venal hackocracy laughingly referred to as the 43rd Presidency of the United States finally spit him out, suddenly becomes the poster boy of Bush-bashing? As you point out, TChris, methinkst the lady doth protest too much.