It turns out Ray Nagin is completely off his rocker, at least according to his new book:
â€œAnd after several rounds of going back and forth, our unwelcome visitors got the message that we were not going to allow them to take over or gain access to my room to plant bugging devices.â€ […]
â€œI thought to myself, â€˜Iâ€™m a dead man! I have just publicly denounced the governor, U.S. Senators, FEMA and the president of the United States,â€™â€ he writes. â€œI started wondering if during the night I would be visited by specially trained CIA agents. Could they secretly shoot me with a miniature, slow-acting poison dart? […]
Nagin admits he also suffered pangs of paranoia on the Monday after the storm, when he visited the USS Iwo Jima, an amphibious assault ship that docked near the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and served as a base of federal operations.
There, he was escorted to an infirmary where two medical staffers â€œhad orders to examine me and give me shots.â€
â€œI was still a little paranoid and again started imagining a secret CIA plot where in six months I would be gone,â€ he writes. â€œAfter thinking for a minute, I said to them, â€˜Okay, you can give me shots, but I want you to do the same for my two security guys.â€™
â€œMy thinking was it would have been easier to spin that stress ultimately took me out, but it would be much harder to explain all three of us suddenly dying mysteriously,â€ writes Nagin, who said during Wednesdayâ€™s briefing that his sense of suspicion abated shortly after his visit to the ship.
And this is before he goes into the conspiracy to rid New Orleans of black people. Now I understand why this guy doesn’t trust anyone with firearms. It’s projection. He probably doesn’t trust himself, and assumes everyone else is as much a loon as he is. He has good judgement for himself. I’m not sure Ray Nagin is the kind of guy I want having a gun either, let alone running a city.
Isn’t it amazing how off balance so many of our opponents are? At least he was kind enough to document his delusions for posterity.