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January 13, 2010

Paging Nick Kristof!!!

If only America would follow the Enlightened example of Costa Rica and get rid of those horrid baby killers our armed forces. Just think of how much happier we'd be:

“Catastrophic destruction,” she said when asked to describe the landscape.

Grim scenes didn't end there.

A helicopter sliced overhead. Inside the aircraft, critically injured personnel from the U.S. embassy were being rushed to Guantanamo for medical care, she told NBC News.

“It is hard to look out in this harbor and see a building that has not been affected,” she told The New York Times, “from the waterfront up the hills to the larger buildings.”

“Everybody in this city has been hit,” she added.

On land, survivors made their way through streets of rubble. The weary dug through ruins of what were once homes and schools trying desperately to find a loved one. Screams and wails pierced the air, the New York Times reported.

As the cutter crew listened to their Haitian counterparts, the difficulty of the mission became clearer. An estimated 2,000 survivors turned out for medical help at the Haitian Coast Guard facility.

Three more Coast Guard ships were on their way to the island, as well as other Defense Department vessels including the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, The New York Times reported.

Armada deployed to help
Officials said Navy ships, helicopters, transport planes and a 2,000-member Marine unit were either on the way to the impoverished nation or likely to begin moving soon.

Gen. Douglas Fraser, head of U.S. Southern Command, said that one of the U.S. Navy's large amphibious ships will likely head to Haiti with a Marine expeditionary unit aboard. Fraser said other U.S. military forces are on alert, including a brigade, which includes about 3,500 troops.

Fraser said during a news conference with other U.S. officials that the Pentagon is "seriously looking at" sending thousands of Marines to assist with disaster relief efforts and security in Haiti.

President Barack Obama pledged earlier Wednesday "a swift, coordinated and aggressive" effort to help the people of Haiti overcome a "cruel and incomprehensible" tragedy."

Yessir. The military is really a criminal waste of money that would be better spent on education.

Posted by Cassandra at January 13, 2010 06:44 PM

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On the way home from school earlier today, we were behind some lefty's car, the back end covered in the kind of stickers you might expect (especially in this town...). One, in particular, jumped out at me: "An Army of None". Yeah, the US with no military, who would there be to go help in Haiti now, or after the Boxing Day tsunami in 2005? Pretty much no one...

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at January 13, 2010 07:01 PM

The Vinson deployed, headed to her new duty station in San Diego, just hours before the earthquake. That means she'll be offshore of Haiti by tomorrow.

I just love that... How wonderfully providential! So many lives will be saved because she just happened to be headed out at the very time she was needed!

Posted by: FbL at January 13, 2010 07:34 PM

Time to *reopen* Gitmo.

Posted by: Cricket at January 13, 2010 07:37 PM

Godspeed to our forces in the recovery and every one else. And pray for the people of Haiti.

The last time I looked, which was a while ago, the Costa Rican Police, could field a pretty good infantry force of reasonable strength given the size of it's popualtion and the armed forces of it's neighbors. That sort of hype is usually that Hype.

Posted by: Hank at January 13, 2010 09:25 PM

We saw the breaking news story on the TV at FOB Echo's air ops office during a stop. The trailer pointed out that there were 6000 (?) UN peace keepers there. I'm sure they have the situation under control... (uhhh, yeah.)

Miss Ladybug, my favorite bumper sticker is "An Army of Juan". Our Hispanic guys are big on that one. :-)

Posted by: Pogue at January 13, 2010 09:51 PM

A lot of those peacekeepers are unaccounted for, I think I heard reported... UN head of mission is either dead or missing...

I've not seen "An Army of Juan", which is kinda strange, thinking on it, since I live in Texas...

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at January 13, 2010 10:39 PM

They really don't need our military there to help, there are all of those other countries who will step up and and give a hand, right?... Hello...anyone there?....Hello....?
Guess not.

Posted by: Oh Hell at January 14, 2010 12:49 AM

I wonder how much their neighbors on the same island (The Dominican Republic, that is) are helping out...

Posted by: camojack at January 14, 2010 03:36 AM

Dominican Republic sent commo repair teams and some work crews.

They had to administer first aid to a road to get to Port au Prince...

Posted by: BillT at January 14, 2010 04:35 AM

Same as it ever was Oh Hell.

Fortunately, at least for the rest of the world, that even buried in debt, fighting for the freedoms of others half way around the world, and with a spendthrift government at the helm, the U.S. will always give aid and comfort, until it bleeds.

Aw hail. Now might be a good time to reread this little piece on Americans, from a Canadian.

Posted by: bt_NeanderthalsЯUS_hun at January 14, 2010 07:43 AM

I'm reminded of Varifrank's story of being unprofessional.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at January 14, 2010 11:08 AM