Wednesday, August 31, 2005

US refuses international aid to New Orleans

"Being kept from these American people also by their Military Rulers have been the uncounted offers of assistance from Nations all around the world, including:

Venezuela has offered their Medical Airlift Command for the evacuation of peoples trapped in these devastated regions;

Holland has offered the resources of their Public Works Ministry (and who are the acknowledged World Experts for below sea level water evacuation procedures);

Russia has offered over 100,000 temporary living structures, along with Military Personal to assist their American counterparts;

Iran has offered 1 Billion US Dollars in immediate assistance and guaranteed 5,000,000 barrels of oil at $35.00 US Dollars;

China has offered their Military Rescue Forces (Who are acknowledged as one of the best in the world for rescuing peoples in flood ravaged areas.)

All of these offers, and more, the Military Leaders of the United States have declined, and for the their previously stated reason: "The United States Government and its People Respectfully Decline your offer of assistance and refer you to our previous State Department Bulletin (NCO:13788) in which we had stated that this remains an internal action."

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Constitution of the United States is the document that outlines the Presidents responsibilities, not public opinion.The President did act and act early. He declared the area an emergency prior to the hurricane
hitting. He contacted the State Governor and urged her to declare a mandatory evacuation. He also reminded her that she needs to REQUEST his aide. This all occured PRIOR to the hurricane even striking. The President cannot simply come in and take charge. It is not within his authority. Had he done so in violation of the Constitution, the left would have called him a dictator.
First level of responsibility lies with the local govenment, the Mayor. Second level of responsibility lies with the State government, the governor. If the situation is above what the governor believes is within the states capability of handling, the governor then requests aid and assistance from the Federal government. That is the way it HAS to happen. Only under very extreme circumstances (a threat to national security) can the President take away the authority of the Governor. This situation did not meet those circumstances.
As for the levies, the Federal government allocates money for the New Orleans Corps of Engineers every year. New Orleans gets more funding for flood control than any other city in the nation. What New Orleans does with that funding is the problem.
Complaints that Bush reduced funding are unwarranted. Funding under Bush has been higher than that during the Clinton administration. Recent requests for additional funding were rejected by Congress because an investigation showed that much of the money budgeted in previous years was not spent on the levie system as intended, it was diverted to other City projects. Much of the money spent on the levie system was being used for projects which were not needed or had been shown to be of questionable value. (hello casinos) Lastly, some of the money allocated to the levie system was simply never spent at all.
This has very little to do with what the President did or did not do. It has everything to do with avoiding the real problem, poor leadership at the City and State levels. FEMA has a 5 day response time regardless of location and blaming Bush simply because you do not like the man makes no sense whatsoever.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 3:26:00 PM  
Blogger Brook said...

i'm glad you mention this. check this out:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4839943

Katrina: What Went Wrong?

by Daniel Zwerdling and Laura Sullivan
U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Thad Allen has been put in charge of the Gulf Coast relief effort. Criticism of the federal relief effort led Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff to recall FEMA Director Michael Brown to Washington, D.C. Reuters

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4839943

Daniel Zwerdling: 2002 Reports
Sep. 20, 2002
New Orleans' Hurricane Risk, Pt. I
Sep. 20, 2002
New Orleans' Hurricane Risk, Pt. II


NPR.org, September 9, 2005 ยท Just days before Hurricane Katrina hit, officials from state, local and federal agencies were hearing that this could very likely be the big one -- the one they knew could devastate the city.

They spent the weekend in almost non-stop conference calls -- making sure all the plans for food, water and security were in place. But even before the storm hit, some of the plans started to fall apart.

National Guard troops in other states sat ready, waiting for orders that never came. Instead, they were told to wait for an official plan and a chain of command to be established.

As the extent of Hurricane Katrina's threat to New Orleans became evident, trucks with water and ice were not positioned as planned. And when they were finally told to move, they were sent hundreds of miles away from most of the people in need. Local officials, people who had been part of the original planning, waited days, instead of hours, for help to arrive.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 3:42:00 PM  

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