Saturday, January 16, 2010

Even if you can't or don't wish to give money for Haiti Relief, the U.S. Government is using your tax dollars to help them... US help is on its way...

Game On: Is the U.S. Doing Enough for Haiti? - Salem-News.Com:

"Military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan will not be interrupted by the mass human disaster in Haiti. Sound familiar?
History shows us that the U.S. government failed to help its own people adequately after Hurricane Katrina struck the residents of Louisiana, Mississippi and several other states.
Impoverished, homeless people, mostly black, who didn't in many cases have anything to their names to begin with; plunged into the depths of natural catastrophic madness.
So why would this country that can't helps its own poor and disaster stricken masses, be able to adequately address the needs of people on an island nation of again, mostly black, very poor people?
Especially when a so-called American spiritual leader feels compelled to remind right leaning Americans that their ancestors 'made a pact with the devil' and somehow possibly deserve this tragedy?
I'm sure glad President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela didn't bat an eye in his decision to send immediate aid.
The Haitians are still laying under tons of crushed rubble. The casualties include Americans and people from all over the world who were visiting when the quake struck."

Chinadaily BBS - United States - Is the U.S. Doing Enough for Haiti?: "Is the U.S. Doing Enough for Haiti?

How come half a world away China had a search and rescue team on the ground almost a day before the US?

In the past, the U.S. has occupied and administered Haiti.

Since its birth as the second republic in the Americas, Haiti has never had much chance to develop. The United States blocked recognition of Haiti until 1862, and an immense debt demanded by the French to indemnify French planters for losses in the wars of independence resulted in economic and diplomatic isolation. And it has had a chaotic political life that further reduced its opportunities.

With conditions in Haiti growing worse by the hour, the Obama administration has pledged $100 million and is sending 5,000 troops to help in relief efforts there. Should the U.S. be doing more? Does it have an obligation different from other nations? Should the U.S. take on a nation-building project in Haiti?"

America's doing what it does best in Haiti

"There hasn't been a more divisive several years in this country in quite some time. During the Bush administration, we on the left honestly did not believe the guy could tie his shoes without assistance. We knew that evil old man, Dick Cheney, was really running the country. We thought the war in Iraq was about nothing but oil. We suspected even that the past administration's lackluster response to Hurricane Katrina was based on race and class.
And since coming to office, the Democratic Obama administration has had to endure that same level of distrust, dislike and vehemence both inside and outside the halls of Congress. He's been called everything from a welfare thug to an illegal immigrant.
But as we watch the horror unfold in Haiti, it appears that most of us are putting our differences aside, at least momentarily, to do what America does best. We are our best when we lend aid to a country in crisis, we are our best when we, even during a financial crisis, can see beyond our own troubles and respect the scale and devastation in another place.
In responding to the devastating 7.5 earthquake that has killed between 50,000-100,000 people, we have come out swinging. We have dispatched soldiers. We are working with the international Red Cross. We even have celebrities like George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as well as Wyclef Jean donating millions of their own money. As a country, we are committing $100 million. As individuals, through $10 increments, we are giving millions more. This is America at its strongest."

Is the U.S. Doing Enough for Haiti? - Room for Debate Blog -

"Haiti has sustained what may be the most severe natural disaster ever in the Western Hemisphere. Its historically weak physical and institutional infrastructure, and the sad fact that the earthquake’s heaviest blow was delivered to the capital city’s core, have only compounded Haiti’s vulnerability.
No matter how much the U.S. gives, there cannot be enough relief for the desperately needy victims in Haiti.The blockages from collapsed roads, bridges and ports will make this relief effort even more difficult than in previous disasters. No matter how much the United States gives, there cannot be enough relief for the desperately needy victims in the time frame that anyone would want.
Even so, the U.S. leapt into an all-of-government response: President Obama has chaired interagency sessions, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cut short her trip to Australia, the U.S. Agency for International Development sent its prepositioned disaster relief and search and rescue teams to help U.N. peacekeepers within a day, and aircraft carriers and support ships were in place within 60 hours."

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