The choice of "evacuee" over "refugee" is interesting in its portrayal of short-term displacement from some emergency situation. Also, as one humorist noted, "refugee" implies a place of refuge.
The ability of this Administration to spin the media is outstanding and further demonstrates how GW truly deserves the title Teflon President.
Just as "insurgents" are not rebels, "terrorists" are not militia, the ability to manipulate the nouns distorts the reality to the public, and apparently to the Administration themselves as they drink their own punch.
The poor (literally, unfortunately) people of New Orleans are refugees from a natural disaster, just as the people of Sri Lanka were after the Tsunami.
It is good the press is finally starting to question the Administration on their handling, on this the fourth anniversary of 9/11. Are we really any safer? Does the color-coded fantasy warning system really portend anything? Does the Administration really allow the most effective people within the intelligence and military ranks do their job to protect us? Are the priorities of the Administration properly aligned with the realities of our contemporary threat environment, which, incidently Mssrs Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Chertoff, include natural attacks with WMDs? The answer is clearly no on all counts (we should not need foreign troops on our soil to help us recover) and hopefully the Fourth Estate stands up and recalls their responsibility.
The Bush administration, meanwhile, remains in its hunkered-down defensive crouch, with White House spokesman Scott McClellan treating any demand for accountability as a partisan "blame game." It's outrageous to read that Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has been telling members of Congress that media reports are overstating the problems for storm survivors -- this from a man who was denying on National Public Radio last Thursday that there was any crisis at the New Orleans convention center at the very hour reporters were finding dead bodies and abandoned, starving people there. If the administration maintains that tone, it will self-destruct.
Tell me again, where does the buck stop? This President is so disconnected from reality ("Brownie, you're doing one heck of a job") it is beyond frightening. Four years after 9/11 and it is very hard to believe people think were are safer. At the very least, perhaps people are starting to come around, as Newt Gingrich wrote and as a poll by Foreign Affairs indicates.
Now reconsider this in the context of Iraq and counter-insurgency.