Friday, September 02, 2005

Even the French

Via David Schraub, it seems that at least 20 nations are planning to aid the US in the wake of Katina. The list of nations includes:

Australia, Belgium, Canada, Russia, Japan, France, Germany, Britain, China, Jamaica, Honduras, Greece, Venezuela, the Organisation of American States, NATO, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, South Korea, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

This was a shocker:

Where the United States really needs help is getting cheap oil and the Bush administration will be approaching Arab nations and other oil producers over the coming days.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a vocal critic of the United States, offered to send cheap fuel, humanitarian aid and relief workers to the disaster area.

The State Department did not comment on Venezuela's offer but several officials smiled at the gesture from Mr Chavez, who yesterday called Mr Bush a "cowboy" who failed to manage the disaster.

I don't agree with Chavez, but it's still a nice guesture.

Let it not be said the world doesn't care about us Americans.


At 9:34 AM, Blogger halfback jack said...

And, according to one report I read, we turned the Russians down when they offered to help with search and rescue in New Orleans.

The more I see of this, the more I am outraged. Our own government is too darned busy getting our young men and women ready to go into Iraq, yet we have tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of OUR OWN desperate for help.

Here is what I don't get: CNN (for example) puts Dr. Gupta in Charity Hospital in DT New Orleans to describe the squalid conditions (presumably with the ability to get extracted when his Perrier runs out)...yet nobody seems to be able to get any of the patients out. What's wrong with this picture folks?

One of the few media types I am pleased with is Anderson Cooper from CNN. I believe he is in Mississippi and he showed his own personal anger at the lack of assistance that is being provided to the people in the place where he was reporting from last evening. The visual cues and facial expressions made it clear that this was not a "staged" response, but a sincere presentation of his impressions of what is NOT being done for these people.

We can send hundred of thousands of troops to Iraq and airdrop food, water and supplies to Iraqis, but we cannot do the same for our own. Pathetic.

At 6:19 PM, Blogger The Truffle said...

I gotta say, Chavez's remark about Bush is kind of like saying water is wet.


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