Bush: Saddam must share blame for Katrina

President rips Hussein for distracting federal government Just two days after taking responsibility for failures of the federal government’s response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, President George W. Bush modified that position somewhat, telling reporters that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein “should share at least some of the blame” for those failures.

“When the federal government fails to live up to its responsibilities to the American people, the finger of blame should be pointed at one person,” Bush told reporters in the White House Rose Garden. “And that person is Saddam Hussein.”

After reporters appeared startled and taken aback by the president’s remark, Bush said that he could “connect the dots” between the Iraqi dictator and the government’s poor emergency response after the devastating hurricane.

“For years, Saddam Hussein taunted us into believing that he had weapons of mass destruction, for one reason and one reason alone,” Bush said. “To distract us from preparing for hurricanes.”

Adding that “his evil knows no bounds,” Bush told reporters, “Now that Saddam Hussein is in the custody of the Iraqi government, he will never threaten the United States of America with his hurricanes again.”

The president also said that he was prepared to take further actions to protect the United States from hurricanes, such as invading Syria.

Reached at his prison cell in Baghdad, Saddam Hussein said that he was “disappointed” by the president’s comments, adding, “Now is not the time to play the blame game.”

Elsewhere, President Bush said that he “took great interest” in a DVD about Hurricane Katrina prepared for him by his staff, but added, “The part where FEMA responded was a little slow.”

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