To be fair, the early news I saw only mentioned the UK, Germany, Greece and Turkey rushing in with offers of aid in various forms, with no mention of the US. Note I said “early news”; it’s good to see the US is now taking the opportunity to build some goodwill in a country where it desperately needs it (especially considering how Bush squandered it in the recent past with his “Axis of Evil” remark). C’mon, George, don’t blow this one.
That has to be the lamest attack on GWB I have seen yet.
Also, just a little nitpic, do you think the President can snap his fingers and have aid in Iran within the hour? Yeah, we have troops in Iraq but they just can’t up and leave at this point.
These things take time. You have to figure out a) what resources are available b)how to use those resources c)how to get them to where they need to go. Then you need to figure out what resources will actually help.
And it hasn’t even been 24 hours. Just because there are no news reports right now dosn’t mean that things aren’t happening. The 1st guy to offer condolenses and aid in the press doesn’t win a prize, and may not be doing the most good. These things have to be planned, you know.
According to Fox News, the U.S. is sending personnel (200 people, I think) to help with search and rescue and disaster management. We’re sending 150,000 tons of medical supplies from Kuwait. We’re also providing help from FEMA.
All this to a country with whom we don’t have official relations. It’s a good thing and the right thing to do. Unfortunately, the Iranian government has refused assistance from Israel.
LAAAAY-MO!. Much as I dislike the Invader in Chief, he didn’t F this up. But really, we (the US) have traditionally been pretty forthcoming with disaster aid, especially when a disaster of this scale occurs. It really doesn’t matter who’s president or which party is in power.
We should rush aid to Iran because with our close relations and how much they love the US, we should be tripping over ourselves to help them. I can imagine that the next time they are burning American flags or chanting “Death to America”, they will pauses for a moment to reflect on the aid given to them.
Let me guess, the next thing to come will be some bullshit about how this will help mend the relationship between our two nations. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight
I’ve already posted that particular “bullshit” a while ago, but thanks for reminding everyone.
I’ll try and keep this simple, in keeping with your current level of understanding of international diplomacy. See, if we want countries to have a constructive diplomatic relationship with the US, and if we similarly want to be in a position to influence their actions without pissing off their populaces, the US needs 1) to demonstrate that good things can happen if they cooperate with us, and 2) that bad things can happen if they don’t. This is called, in technical jargon, a “carrot and stick” approach. (Do let me know if this is too complicated for you.)
If our entire foreign policy is based on the “stick” approach alone, we run the risk of other countries interpreting this as a declaration of overt antipathy and will react accordingly. A demonstration of good faith will not go very far towards influencing the average idiot-in-the-street, but will provide those elements of the government favorable to the US with some support for their position. Thus it is that change is effected.
As usual, I’m a day late and a dollar short, but I’d like to pick at this just a bit.
Natural disasters generally require these: food, shelter, medical aid, equipment for moving debris, and transportation for the above. As far as I’m concerned, there should always be a stockpile of these, including having people on call for the latter three. It shouldn’t take any longer to get preliminary aid on the scene than it takes to load up and fuel up some airplanes. Natural disasters are bound to happen, don’t know where, don’t know when, but one can rest assured that something will happen somewhere, sometime. Might as well be ready.
The Long Road, I don’t care if it changes their attitude or not. Helping is the right thing to do. Period. If your neighbor’s house was burning down, would you ignore it because their dog kept yapping at you every time you stepped outside? I hope not.