Monday, March 03, 2008

Bush Appoints Fran to President's New Intelligence Advisory Board

President Bush appointed Fran Townsend of New York to his newly renamed intelligence advisory board. This is the same woman who omitted the hospital with the highest number of patient deaths from the White House Lessons Learned report on Hurricane Katrina. LifeCare's 24 patient deaths warranted not one mention in Fran's "investigative" analysis.

Why would the President issue a report with such a glaring deficiency? His good friends at The Carlyle Group likely appreciated the omission. The private equity underwriter closed on LifeCare just weeks before Katrina sideswiped New Orleans. What kind of intelligence is required to leave out the facility with the largest number of hospital patient deaths, especially when video footage showed George W. asking Michael Brown about those very patients? Whatever level Fran displayed, that will soon rest on Bush's advisory board. It turns out mute Fran joined a mute oversight group, at least according to the Washington Post. Besides renaming the group, President Bush denuded it as well. The U.S. is back to the lowest common denominator and I smell a PEU, possibly Fran's next employer.

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