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by Walter_E_Wallis, Midtown,
on Jan 16, 2010
Would the politician be piloting the plane to the airport and would there be a banner at the airport that says... "Mission accomplished" in the background? ;-)
The last thing I'd want to see is some misguided misanthrope in some comfy home exploiting her plight with loaded hypothetical questions.
BTW, Depends, that real politician you cite didn't pilot the plane, costume notwithstanding. In fact, that politician never made a carrier landing in his life, either on the open sea or, as was the case here, in a nice snug harbor.
There such be more decency to respect the dead and dying, if this tragedy had occurred in the US or Europe you would not see the same invasion of privacy in hospitals and at funerals.
CNN seems to have no decency in this case.
How stupidly pathetic that the knee-jerk response of some is to make a partisan attack on my position here. I criticized Bush when, in response to criticism he went to New Orleans for a photo op, and somewhere I am on record criticizing Dan Quayle for visiting the Marina fire after Loma Prieta. As for the Bush carrier landing, I don't recall he displaced any emergency mercy flights.
With the communication available today, all the information needed to make executive decisions if politicians stay in their command centers. It is ALWAYS wrong for politicians or reporters to displace mercy flights. It is ALMOST ALWAYS wrong for state or federal authorities to displace local authorities.
Please note..the USA ( which keeps its pledges) has pledged $100 million in dollars from our taxes, $50 million from its businesses/employees, millions in military support ( 1,000s of military are there at $1 million per year cost per highly trained and equipped professional military person), 30% of all the funds pledged by World Bank and the UN come from the USA ( the entire UN pledged a whopping 10 million ...from all the world..wow...SOOO impressive of a body..but we will leave that for another thread!!..so we are 3 million of that)..etc.
At least $200 million is going to Haiti from us.
Not to even begin to add in the amounts pouring in to various agencies from the people of the USA sending in money.
As usual, per capita, we are the most generous nation in the world.
I am proud, as usual, to be an American. I look for any of my 3 original countries of origin, and I can't find one of them at all on this list ( one that is always held up as a beacon of "best country" and how we need to be more like them)..the other 2 are giving what they can. I never cease to be happy I chose this country to be my own.
Might I add...all this to a country which is the poorest in the western world, where the GDP was $2,000/capita, where 3/4 of all the labor force was unemployed, where the government is highly corrupt and oppressive.
I suspect the entire country will be rebuilt. Let's hope they get a new government that stops oppressing them along with new buildings and a new life after this horror.
Prayers to Haiti and to all its people.
The exploitative photo op I most detest is Geraldo Rivera. It is only a matter of time before he defines the next "Brownie" to blame for not sending a helicptor to help deliver water and food to the specific victims he is interviewing...thus making him their savior. Since all the other victims are not part of his own little theatre, thus invisible, their suffering doesn't count. "Brownie" just needs to make sure Rivera looks good.
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