- Powell Says Cheney Book Full of "Cheap Shots"
- Chris Christie: 'Do Not Leave Your Homes'
- Ron Paul: Abolish FEMA
- Fugate: 'Don't Let Your Guard Down' on Irene
11:35. Powell Says Cheney Book Full of “Cheap Shots”
A visibly angry Colin Powell used an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday to blast former Vice President Dick Cheney for using “cheap shots” and “barbs” to drive up sales of his new memoir, which accuses Powell of trying to undermine President Bush on the Iraq War and tacitly allowing his deputy to leak the name of a covert CIA agent.
Powell, who had a rocky tenure as Bush’s first secretary of State, said that the allegations in Cheney’s book were better suited to a supermarket tabloid than the memoir of a former vice president of the United States. He said Cheney was using misleading anecdotes and unfounded personal attacks to “pump up” sales of the memoir, In My Time, which will be officially released on Tuesday. Multiple media outlets have published excerpts from the book in recent days.
“They are cheap shots,” Powell told CBS’ Bob Schieffer. “It’s not necessary to take these kinds of barbs.”
10:10. Chris Christie: 'Do Not Leave Your Homes'
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), appearing Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, echoed calls from FEMA’s Craig Fugate for residents not to take Irene lightly now that it has been downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm status.
“The message I want to get to New Jerseyans is: Do not leave your homes,” Christie said, noting that flooding would continue to be a major concern for days to come.
Christie heralded his state’s massive coastal evacuation effort.
“We evacuated over a million people from the New Jersey shore in 24 hours in an orderly fashion without big traffic jams and without huge hassles,” he said. “If we had not done that, I think you would have seen significant loss of life on the shore.”
Still, the outspoken Christie, who had warned coastal residents on Friday to "get the hell off the beach," lamented on Sunday that some residents had not heeded his call.
“We still have people who said they would not leave their homes,” he said. “We’re now going to be in the process of starting to do search-and-rescue missions along the Jersey shore to make sure that the folks who remained are safe and sound.”
9:55. Ron Paul: Abolish FEMA
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, whose strict libertarian message is finding surprisingly robust support in the early phases of the 2012 campaign, said on Sunday that he remains committed to the idea of dismantling FEMA and minimizing the government’s role in responding to future storms.
The Republican congressman from Texas, appearing on Fox News Sunday, shied away from criticizing FEMA’s current response to Tropical Storm Irene. But he said the agency had a history of mismanagement, citing its costly and deeply flawed response to Hurricane Katrina. If elected president, Paul said, he would gradually do away with the agency.
“It has one of the worst reputations for a bureaucracy ever,” Paul said. “Anyone who wants to defend this agency, they have a tough argument to make.”
Turning to foreign policy, Paul blasted the Obama administration for its military intervention in Libya, which he described as “unconstitutional.” The lawmaker noted that the long-term impact of U.S. operations in the Middle East often remains unclear for several years, which means that it is far too soon to know whether toppling Libyan strongman Muammar el-Qaddafi would be beneficial or harmful for American national security.
“We have no idea what’s going to come out of Libya,” he said. “We may be delivering al-Qaida another prize; they’ll be in Libya, they weren’t there before. These unintended consequences of our foreign policy are so overwhelming.”
9:40. Fugate: 'Don't Let Your Guard Down' on Irene
Despite its downgrade from a hurricane to a tropical storm, Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate warned on Sunday that Irene continued to pose enormous dangers to millions of Americans, particularly those living in crowded areas like New York City.
Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Fugate said fatalities had been reported in several states and that broad swaths of the storm-lashed region could be without electricity for days to come. Fugate said Irene posed unique risks for New York City, which has been going through the first mandatory evacuation in its history. The FEMA director said that the storm’s winds – currently estimated at up to 70 miles per hour – could be magnified by as much as 30 percent as they roared through the skyscrapers of Manhattan.
“There’s still danger here,” Fugate said. “Don’t let your guard down.”
Until the storm passes, Fugate urged residents of New York City and other areas with high-rise buildings to move away from windows and walk down to lower floors. One thing Americans should not do, he said, was take to the roads to assess the damage.
“You don’t want to be driving in this,” he said.