Friday, September 29, 2017

"This Is Not A Good News Story"

The Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, shows her disgust with the regime of neo- fascist incompetent Donald "Rump" Trump calling Puerto Rico hurricane relief "a good news story:"

Here is a helpful comparison that adds to the truth that the Rump regime's relief effort so far is not "a good news story" for the people of Puerto Rico:
After an earthquake shattered Haiti’s capital on Jan. 12, 2010, the U.S. military mobilized as if it were going to war. 
Before dawn the next morning, an Army unit was airborne, on its way to seize control of the main airport in Port-au-Prince. Within two days, the Pentagon had 8,000 American troops en route. Within two weeks, 33 U.S. military ships and 22,000 troops had arrived. More than 300 military helicopters buzzed overhead, delivering millions of pounds of food and water. 
No two disasters are alike. Each delivers customized violence that cannot be fully anticipated. But as criticism of the federal government’s initial response to the crisis in Puerto Rico continued to mount Thursday, the mission to Haiti — an island nation several hundred miles from the U.S. mainland — stands as an example of how quickly relief efforts can be mobilized. 
By contrast, eight days after Hurricane Maria ripped across neighboring Puerto Rico, just 4,400 service members were participating in federal operations to assist the devastated island, an Army general told reporters Thursday. In addition, about 1,000 Coast Guard members were aiding the efforts. About 40 U.S. military helicopters were helping to deliver food and water to the 3.4 million residents of the U.S. territory, along with 10 Coast Guard helicopters.
Take a moment to digest those comparisons between the response to the Haiti earthquake (undertaken by the Obama Administration) and the response in a similar timeframe to the Puerto Rico devastation and its impact on our fellow Americans.

For a regime distracted by kneeling NFL players, making sure their cabinet officials fly private jets, and launching a "wealth- fare" proposal to cut the taxes of their corporate and wealthy patrons, Puerto Rico seems like it was an afterthought almost a week following the disaster. That's not "a good news story."  Heckuva job, Rump!

To help relief efforts in lieu of the Rump regime's indifference, please consider these options.  Thank you!

BONUS: Retired Lt. Gen. Russel HonorĂ©, who salvaged Hurricane Katrina recovery from the bumbling Bush Administration, had this to say about Rump's efforts in Puerto Rico:
"With all due respect to the White House for trying to put lipstick on this pig but it's moving too slow and don't have it scaled right. They need at least 100 helicopters there, there's less than 50 now. 15 ships, we've got less than 10."
Their bumbling is costing lives. American lives.

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