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Blackwater before drinking water by Greg Palast
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Bless the President for having rescue teams in the air almost immediately. That was President Olafur Grimsson of Iceland. On Wednesday, the AP reported that the President of the United States promised, "The initial contingent of 2,000 Marines could be deployed to the quake-ravaged country within the next few days." "In a few days," Mr. Obama?

There's no such thing as a 'natural' disaster. 200,000 Haitians have been slaughtered by slum housing and IMF "austerity" plans.

A friend of mine called. Do I know a journalist who could get medicine to her father? And she added, trying to hold her voice together, "My sister, she's under the rubble. Is anyone going who can help, anyone?" Should I tell her, "Obama will have Marines there in 'a few days'"?

China deployed rescuers with sniffer dogs within 48 hours. China, Mr. President. China: 8,000 miles distant. Miami: 700 miles close. US bases in Puerto Rico: right there.

Obama's Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, "I don't know how this government could have responded faster or more comprehensively than it has." We know Gates doesn't know.

From my own work in the field, I know that FEMA has access to ready-to-go potable water, generators, mobile medical equipment and more for hurricane relief on the Gulf Coast. It's all still there. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honor, who served as the task force commander for emergency response after Hurricane Katrina, told the Christian Science Monitor, I thought we had learned that from Katrina, take food and water and start evacuating people." Maybe we learned but, apparently, Gates and the Defense Department missed school that day.

Send in the Marines. That's America's response. That's what we're good at. The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson finally showed up after three days. With what? It was dramatically deployed without any emergency relief supplies. It has sidewinder missiles and 19 helicopters.

But don't worry, the International Search and Rescue Team, fully equipped and self-sufficient for up to seven days in the field, deployed immediately with ten metric tons of tools and equipment, three tons of water, tents, advanced communication equipment and water purifying capability. They're from Iceland.

Gates wouldn't send in food and water because, he said, there was no "structure ... to provide security." For Gates, appointed by Bush and allowed to hang around by Obama, it's security first. That was his lesson from Hurricane Katrina. Blackwater before drinking water.
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  -Blackwater before drinking water by Greg Palast happy_liberal  Jan-17-10 06:03 PM   #0 
  - Ouch  leftstreet   Jan-17-10 06:06 PM   #1 
  - Palast doesn't seem to realize that there is ONE runway in Port of Prince. No sideways, nothing.  OregonBlue   Jan-17-10 06:20 PM   #2 
  - Who gives a fuck about reality, it's just fun to blast Obama!  Chulanowa   Jan-17-10 06:27 PM   #3 
  - It's not's that asshole Gates.  EmeraldCityGrl   Jan-17-10 06:40 PM   #11 
     - I am expecting a comprehensive plan  nadinbrzezinski   Jan-17-10 06:41 PM   #13 
     - Like you're really in a position to request that...  EmeraldCityGrl   Jan-17-10 06:47 PM   #15 
        - You know better than the exerts than you despise  nadinbrzezinski   Jan-17-10 06:48 PM   #17 
     - Might want to tell that to Greg Palast  Chulanowa   Jan-17-10 07:30 PM   #35 
  - You don't need a runway for a SuperHook (SkyCrane) or a Chinook loaded with gear. First  bertman   Jan-17-10 06:49 PM   #19 
  - "there is no such thing as a natural disaster". now that's an idiot claim.  cali   Jan-17-10 06:29 PM   #4 
  - True, but the sentiment was well placed  ThomWV   Jan-17-10 06:34 PM   #7 
     - I am not sure that a quake of this intensity with the exact same  nadinbrzezinski   Jan-17-10 06:39 PM   #10 
  - Mr Palast needs a map  nadinbrzezinski   Jan-17-10 06:30 PM   #5 
  - +100  cali   Jan-17-10 06:31 PM   #6 
  - General Honore does know better.  EmeraldCityGrl   Jan-17-10 06:45 PM   # 
  - LEt me see he penetrated the zone  nadinbrzezinski   Jan-17-10 06:47 PM   #16 
  - he has one  happy_liberal   Jan-17-10 06:58 PM   #24 
     - Then he needs a calcultor and  nadinbrzezinski   Jan-17-10 07:19 PM   #31 
  - this is terribly wrong.  spanone   Jan-17-10 06:36 PM   #8 
  - The truth hurts.  EmeraldCityGrl   Jan-17-10 06:37 PM   #9 
  - You ARE bringing your own food and water  nadinbrzezinski   Jan-17-10 06:41 PM   #12 
  - Then that would be part of the problem.  EmeraldCityGrl   Jan-17-10 06:51 PM   #21 
     - No a logistics officer wiht the command  nadinbrzezinski   Jan-17-10 06:59 PM   #25 
        - Maybe. But I have a clue how it DOESN'T work.  EmeraldCityGrl   Jan-17-10 07:05 PM   #26 
           - So what about that plan?  nadinbrzezinski   Jan-17-10 07:11 PM   #28 
  - The marines are taking everything they will need for several days with them since they don't know  OregonBlue   Jan-17-10 06:49 PM   #18 
     - France has already filed a formal complaint with the State Dept.  EmeraldCityGrl   Jan-17-10 06:55 PM   #23 
        - Here is a clue  nadinbrzezinski   Jan-17-10 07:14 PM   #29 
        - Here's a pictoral analysis of what you're trying to do  Chulanowa   Jan-17-10 07:39 PM   #37 
           - Children...  nadinbrzezinski   Jan-17-10 07:47 PM   #40 
              - Hey, I'm on your side  Chulanowa   Jan-17-10 07:49 PM   #41 
                 - I know certain people live in a fantasy world  nadinbrzezinski   Jan-17-10 07:53 PM   #43 
        - So you think EVERYONE should be in charge of the airport? That would lead to utter disaster.  OregonBlue   Jan-17-10 07:29 PM   #34 
  - Palast is talking out of his ass.  Robb   Jan-17-10 06:45 PM   #14 
  - +1 and quick response teams  nadinbrzezinski   Jan-17-10 06:50 PM   #20 
  - Wow, you nailed it. We have the capacity to help more people over a longer time.  Jennicut   Jan-17-10 07:23 PM   #32 
     - As I pointed earlier in the day  nadinbrzezinski   Jan-17-10 07:52 PM   #42 
  - What would happen if a 7.0 earthquake struck Ankara, Turkey? Would we blame the IMF  bertman   Jan-17-10 06:53 PM   #22 
  - I think what he is stressing is the fact that  EmeraldCityGrl   Jan-17-10 07:15 PM   #30 
     - Seems to me Palast just counldn't wait to get in there and criticize someone. Now is not the time.  OregonBlue   Jan-17-10 07:32 PM   #36 
     - I don't consider it sowing seeds of hate, OregonBlue. You have to remember that Greg Palast has  bertman   Jan-17-10 08:14 PM   #46 
        - FEMA does, for the IN country relief efforts  nadinbrzezinski   Jan-17-10 08:17 PM   #47 
        - They do have supplies ready but if the airport is too clogged and the port is down, how in hell are  OregonBlue   Jan-17-10 09:13 PM   #48 
           - They ARE already getting food and water to the people  nadinbrzezinski   Jan-17-10 09:17 PM   #49 
     - The oil can tin homes and cardboard would have done a helluva lot less damage than those  bertman   Jan-17-10 08:05 PM   #45 
  - US search & rescue teams began arriving in Haiti less than 24 hrs. S&R teams among first US aid in.  Garbo 2004   Jan-17-10 07:06 PM   #27 
  - The bashing of Obama on Haiti response is ridiculous.  The Gunslinger   Jan-17-10 07:28 PM   #33 
  - I see no bashing of Obama  happy_liberal   Jan-17-10 07:47 PM   #39 
  - Looks to me like response was darn good  Tippy   Jan-17-10 07:46 PM   #38 
  - I've got some really grave criticisms of the U.S. gov't re Haiti and Latin America, but  Peace Patriot   Jan-17-10 07:59 PM   #44 
     - I agree. There have been past sins but NOW IS NOT THE TIME. Too many people's lives depend on us  OregonBlue   Jan-17-10 09:36 PM   #50 

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