Our View

Oct 102005
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

Bush should pay attention to the struggles at home.

Granted, we are still learning the extent of the devastation caused by the recent earthquake in Pakistan and we should help victims however we can. It is troublesome, however, how much faster Bush responded to Pakistan than to our own nation's catastrophe.

Only a couple of days have passed since the Saturday-night earthquake and Bush has already given Pakistan money, provisions and military aid to help the country deal with the aftermath.

It took more than a week for some Hurricane Katrina evacuees to receive assistance.

The Gulf Coast is still struggling to recover from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita but on Thursday, the president gave a speech reminding Americans about the threat of terrorism.

According to The New York Times, a senior White House official said that Bush's speech was meant to divert focus back to terrorism after "a lot of distractions" in recent months.

Since when is it reasonable for a president to consider taking care of his country a "distraction?"

This recent news just proves that President Bush is more concerned with foreign affairs than domestic issues. He may be a "foreign policy president," but such one-sidedness doesn't cut it.

Foreign policy and the War on Terror are extremely important matters, but they need to be balanced with domestic issues. If our own country is in shambles, what is Bush working so hard to protect?

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