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Thursday, September 01, 2005
 
Other Countries Help

Been swamped - as you know, the Hurricane has had a devistating effect on the oil and gas industry.

The story below appeared on the AP wire late this afternoon:

In a dramatic turnabout, the United States is now on the receiving end of help from around the world as some two dozen countries offer post-hurricane assistance.

Venezuela, a target of frequent criticism by the Bush administration, offered humanitarian aid and fuel. Venezuela's Citgo Petroleum Corp. pledged a $1 million donation for hurricane aid. The United Nations informed U.S. Ambassador John R. Bolton it was prepared to support the relief effort "in any way possible."

Under Secretary-General Jan Egeland said his office had offered the services of the U.N.'s disaster assistance and coordination teams to the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sent a letter to President Bush offering hundreds of doctors, nurses, technicians and other experts in trauma, natural disasters and public health. "We also offer field hospitals, medical kits and equipment for temporary housing, reinforcement for hospitals, or any assistance that you may require," Sharon wrote. He said the teams and equipment could be ready in 24 hours.


With offers from the four corners of the globe pouring in, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has decided "no offer that can help alleviate the suffering of the people in the afflicted area will be refused," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Thursday.

However, in Moscow, a Russian official said the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency had rejected a Russian offer to dispatch rescue teams and other aid. On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin sent condolences to Bush and said Russia was prepared to help if asked.

Boats, aircraft, tents, blankets, generators, cash assistance and medical teams have been offered to the U.S. government in Washington or in embassies overseas. Offers have been received from Russia, Japan, Canada, France, Honduras, Germany, Venezuela, Jamaica, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, Hungary, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, China, South Korea, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, NATO and the Organization of American States, the spokesman said.


Comments:
I am very pleased that the some parts of the world have offered assistance in this problem, and think that we should turn down none of them, to include Russia.
What does not please me, especially as a National Guard recruiter, is that we are not able to effectivly take care of ourselves. The truth is very clear, out in the open, and hence forth easy to understand. Regardless of your political stance.
You guys know my stance, so here is the truth without any politics.
The NGB has not been able to answer the call to the needy in the effected area due to there commitment to the fighting in the middle east. The National Guard comprises near 50% of the troops in Iraq and the Afghan, and because of that, they are unable to respond to there Govenor's needs.
Because of my position, it is a bit depressing.
1-800-goguard
 
kudos again mmark kudos again. If i didn't get kicked out of the military for lying about smoking pot already I would call you up pronto. It's heartbreaking to see how our government has failed us this week and makes me realize that the ownership society this administration is talking about means every man for themselves. It's sad that instead of Iraq looking more like the US we are looking more like Iraq. As for the rest of the six conservative guys, keep drinking the kool-aid.
 
Mark, I responded to your position in the other thread, so I won't re-tread it here.

I don't think anyone disputes that the response efforts so far have been woefully inadequate - the intial fault, in my opinion, has to fall upon the state of Louisiana who was simply unprepared despite decades of warning. FEMA offices had already been set up in Mississippi and Alabama by Saturday afternoon - almost 48 hours prior to the storms arrival - by Saturday night the LA Governor hadn't even made the call yet. We're a Federal society - that means the State's have the right and the responsibility to take care of themselves until they ask for assistance - the state failed and now the Feds have to take over this mess like it was a failed school system. It's terrible, and if things don't get better rapidly then clearly there will be equal blame to shift to the feds. New York city was devestated four years ago, but the Feds didn't take over, the city and state managed the situation inlcuding calling upon the feds for assistance at their direction. We've witnessed a gross lack of such leadeersip in Louisiana.

You can keep saying I'm towing the party line, drinking the kool aid, whatever - I don't care, and I'm not the one trying to use this diasaster to shore up my political position or end the war effort.
 
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