However, if it were me, I'd say "OK, you're right. As of now, ALL foreign aid is cut off, you a--holes."
But Bush is classier and more diplomatic than I am.
Gotta love it.
Had it been me, I would have announced the redirecting of U.N. funding fromt he U.S. to aid relief.
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) _ President Bush said Tuesday the United States, India, Australia and Japan have formed an international coalition to coordinate worldwide relief and reconstruction efforts for the Asian region ravaged by a deadly earthquake and tsunamis. ``We will stand with them as they start to rebuild their communities,'' Bush said from his Texas ranch in his first comments on the disaster Sunday that so far has killed more than 67,000.
I support the President
Bush is gonna love signing the bill into law that expels the UN (Useless Nimrods) from US soil.
I would have preferred the President saying,
"Well, the person who made that statement was one very misguided and ill-informed son of a bitch."
Every dollar and every life we spend fighting terrorists should be counted, if people must keep count. They end up being another kind of natural disaster.
And as for percentage of GDP or total amount being the yardstick (in disaster relief), I think the fact that we gave 40% of all aid speaks volumes. Some people (socialists) are never satisfied.
Diplomat I'm not...I'd just tell them to shove it up their ^%#
I wish Dubya actually WAS "stingy' with our tax dollars.
Instead, the little weasel has been on a spending spree like a drunken sailor, plunging us over $1.5 TRILLION deeper in debt.
He borrows money just to give it away, debt that our posterity doesn't have a prayer of ever repaying.
Ha!!! That'd be funny if it weren't so pathetic.
Seems to me we have "given" perhaps $1 trillion in wealth transfer over the last 20 years to the affected nations via outsourcing. These nations have plenty of cash to take care of this themselves. they wont get a dime of my money. I give to families of fallen military, firefighter and police funds, and Christian charities for Americans here at home. It is sheer perversion how we made millionaires out of 9/11 widows and military widows get practically nothing.
President Bush: "You know, Mr. Egeland is absolutely right. That's why, in order to boost the size of our disaster relief fund, we are going to close overseas military bases in Europe, transfer the maintenance costs for those bases into the relief fund, and also reroute all the United States' funding for the United Nations into international disaster aid."
I only wish...
I agree. There will always be those who think the only reason American wealth exisists is for it to be distributed to all the have-nots. I even heard a guy this weekend saying that FEMA spent $3 billion to aid Florida hurricane victims, and that $35 million was pathetic. Well, um, FEMA is funded by US taxpayers to provide emergency services to US taxpayers, NOT to help evey country that has a disaster. What gall! From the sound of it USAID emptied its account right off the bat: this was just an immediate relief payment. And yes, the US government might pay a lower proportion of GDP, but this does not include private donations. By that measure, Americans are the most generous in the world. Mark my words, by the time this is over, you'll find the US government and citizens were more generous than any other country.
Maybe the UN should give some of the money it stole from the oil for food program, that is it Kofi and son are willing to give up some of their blood money.
Or maybe the U.S. should just donate its UN membership fees to help the victims rather then give it to the crooks at the UN.
Glass houses and stones...
Fine. We're stingy.
I'm tired of giving cookies to the mice.
I propose we stop giving any financial or physical aid anywhere in the world for one full year.
Does this moron author have any idea how much it costs to divert a Marine expeditionary group and a blttle group including an aircraft carrier? There are dead people EVERYWHERE and these people want to turn it into a demand the US raise our taxes in order to GIVE AID MONEY TO THE UN? Wassamatta, does it hurt that much to lose all those blood for oil vouchers bucks??
How'sabout every UN employee give up one paycheck and send all their five star, catered dinners to Sumatra, Maylaysia and Sri Lanka?
I'm with you. And cut off all aid to the UN while we're at it. And oh, by the way, the UN building in NY has just been condemned, so get your sorry a$$es over to Paris where you belong.
"Bush Criticizes U.N. 'Stingy' Comment"
good for the President.
We have been and are the most generous and unselfish country in the world.
How much have muslim country contribute in the annals of history? Not much except for terrorism and conversion by the sword.
I hope every blanket, meal, cot, tent and vial of medicine is stamped "From the people of the United States of America". Maybe the recipients will appreciate it (unlike Europe and the Middle East).
I hope someone (other than the UN) sets up an audit of how the money given to the UN for this disaster is being spent.
I'd like to know if Kofi's son Kojo's new company gets any of the money meant for the victims.
As a nation, our government could give more if it wasn't providing defense for over half of the world. Tell ya what, Canada, France, Germany etc. You remiburse us for our military and will kick the cash to humanitarian aid. Okay ?