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Krauthammer: U.S. Gives 60 Percent of Global Food Aid
NewsMax ^ | 1/2/05 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 01/02/2005 4:00:27 PM PST by wagglebee

Columnist Charles Krauthammer blasted U.N. officials and other America-bashers Sunday morning for trying to paint the U.S.'s foreign aid contribution as "stingy" in the wake of the Asia tsunami disaster - especially since the facts prove exactly the opposite.

"We are six percent, or less, of the world's population," Krauthammer told his fellow "Fox News Sunday" panelists. "We give almost half [of the global foreign aid]. ... We give 60 percent of all the food aid on the planet."

And that's not all: "We maintain a military infrastructure that keeps the peace in the world," he noted. "We are the only people who do that."

"It's simply irresponsible to talk about the United States as anything other than the most generous nation in the world," Krauthammer said.

The conservative columnist was responding to "FNS" panelist Ceci Connolly, who suggested that U.S. aid contributions were stingy in comparison to the nearly $1 billion of federal relief that poured into the state of Florida during last year's hurricane epidemic, which killed a mere 100 Americans.

Using Connolly's math, a contribution proportionate to the 120,000 deaths reported so far in the tsunami crisis would compel the U.S. to donate $1.2 trillion in disaster relief to the affected countries.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: floridahurricanes; foreignaid; krauthammer; stingy; tsunami; usaid
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Ceci Connolly, who suggested that U.S. aid contributions were stingy in comparison to the nearly $1 billion of federal relief that poured into the state of Florida during last year's hurricane epidemic, which killed a mere 100 Americans.

At the risk of sounding callous, we should be spending more on aid for Americans than we do in foreign disasters.

1 posted on 01/02/2005 4:00:27 PM PST by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee
Ceci Connolly, who suggested that U.S. aid contributions were stingy in comparison to the nearly $1 billion of federal relief that poured into the state of Florida during last year's hurricane epidemic, which killed a mere 100 Americans.

How much UN aid or aid from any other countries made it to Florida? I'm betting it was $0.0.

2 posted on 01/02/2005 4:06:22 PM PST by RJL
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To: wagglebee
Using Connolly's math, a contribution proportionate to the 120,000 deaths reported so far in the tsunami crisis would compel the U.S. to donate $1.2 trillion in disaster relief to the affected countries.

Connolly should rethink her math.

3 posted on 01/02/2005 4:10:05 PM PST by rdl6989
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To: wagglebee

I saw him do this today. It was sweeeeeeet! It's the second time in a week that he's slapped Ceci down with the facts. Of course, she had no idea what she was slapped with. Ceci has never seen a fact before.


4 posted on 01/02/2005 4:10:53 PM PST by tsmith130
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To: wagglebee

I would just hope that some enterprising young journalist woult quote these facts to Jan Egeland and ask him for his opinion


5 posted on 01/02/2005 4:13:23 PM PST by khenrich (President Bush -- Got er done!)
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To: tsmith130

You know what was best about that whole exchange. Even Juan Williams, the resident liberal whiner, ripped her on how generous the US is.


6 posted on 01/02/2005 4:16:51 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit
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To: wagglebee

I'd be satisfied if we would just limit immigration such that all America-born Americans could actually find jobs. Why do we insist on artificially supporting land owners and multinational businessmen with depressed labor costs? That's not capitalism, it's anti-Americanism.

Sure we help the world. Why do we have to invite them here, too? I'm tired of this outmoded "give me your tired" business.


7 posted on 01/02/2005 4:17:44 PM PST by risk
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To: RJL
How much UN aid or aid from any other countries made it to the US for any disaster in our nation?

Still the same. $0.0

8 posted on 01/02/2005 4:18:48 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (>The government of our country was meant to be a servant of the people, not a master.)
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To: RJL

Exactly. It never occurs to Cici (or any other lib) that the US foots the entire bill for its own catastrophes. If the MSM had spent less time bitching about, politicizing and second-guessing the Bush administration's hurricane relief efforts they might have noticed the utter lack of even a polite offer of assistance from a single foreign government.
We are the world's Little Red Hen, except that after planting, growing and harvesting the wheat, grinding it into flour and baking the bread, we give the bread away and get blamed that it isn't enough, doesn't meet cultural expectations and there's no butter.


9 posted on 01/02/2005 4:20:01 PM PST by WestTexasWend
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To: RJL
How much UN aid or aid from any other countries made it to Florida? I'm betting it was $0.0.

Bingo.

10 posted on 01/02/2005 4:24:21 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: tsmith130

She works for the factual-challenged WPost!!


11 posted on 01/02/2005 4:25:05 PM PST by bubman
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To: rdl6989

It's not her math, it's Carl's.


12 posted on 01/02/2005 4:26:36 PM PST by Howlin
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To: wagglebee
At the risk of sounding callous, we should be spending more on aid for Americans than we do in foreign disasters.

Sounds like common sense to me.

13 posted on 01/02/2005 4:33:24 PM PST by kezekiel
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To: wagglebee

I would like to ask Conolly, Annan, and Egeland how much foreign aid the state of Florida received for its hurricane damage. Also, how much foreign aid does the U.S. receive for tornado damage? On second thought, don't bother asking them. The answer "none" will stick to the roof of their mouths like peanut butter.


14 posted on 01/02/2005 4:35:06 PM PST by taxesareforever
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To: WestTexasWend

We are the world's Little Red Hen, except that after planting, growing and harvesting the wheat, grinding it into flour and baking the bread, we give the bread away and get blamed that it isn't enough, doesn't meet cultural expectations and there's no butter. WestTexasWend

Brilliant and needs repeating.


15 posted on 01/02/2005 4:40:06 PM PST by fullchroma
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To: wagglebee

And yet, I'm buying Meijer brand everything. Go figure.


16 posted on 01/02/2005 4:41:27 PM PST by ShadowDancer
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To: wagglebee
"At the risk of sounding callous, we should be spending more on aid for Americans than we do in foreign disasters."

Nothing callous, there. Nothing. We had better be taking care of our own first.

When Charles mentioned the ' US has 6% of the world population, but provides more than 60% of the world aid', Cici tried to quickly recover with, 'but we use most of the world's resources', which I thought was a typically liberal tactic of changing the topic to something that has no bearing on anything.

17 posted on 01/02/2005 4:54:42 PM PST by chiller (DONE: Gore, taxes, terrorism,Kerry, Old Media. TO DO: Judges, IRS, Soc.Sec.,borders..)
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To: UCANSEE2
P.S. How much had the UN done from the inception of the Asian disaster up to now? ZERO.

The US turned the OVERWORKED,AMAZINGLY HEROIC crew and the entire group of the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN around the instant it happened. Most don't know the ABE was forced to stay 8 months near Iraq (it was on the end of a 3 month tour, ready to go home), providing air support 24-7, during one of the worst duststorms in the Middle East. All other ship were forced to flee the storm. No other air or ground forces could help much. Visibility was down to something like 6 feet.

The LINCOLN was at FULL SPEED running ahead of the storm, requiring it's pilot's to chase down the ship, landing in low visibility, on a tossing ship, with the runway not oriented for landing. Every foray out, the ship got farther and farther away. The Captain was worried that the storm would overtake them. If it did, the pilots would be forced to ditch, and the ship couldn't go back for them in time, and finding them would have been a miracle, if it could.

This is why BUSH landed on the carrier. Anyone who thinks that landing a jet on an AC, in best conditions, with the AC oriented, and sitting completely still, is easy, has never landed one.

You hit the deck, hoping you snag the cable. Before you even know if you did, you must hit full throttle on the engine(s), in case you miss. When the cable snags, you are jerked to a stop with neck wrenching speed. President Bush showed respect for the crew of the Lincoln, by showing he understood exactly what they go through. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED was for the 8 months, SOLO, on a 3 month tour, supporting the removal of Saddam from Baghdad, while all other coalition forces were grounded.

TOO BAD the US public wasn't given this information by the media. SUPPORT OUR HEROES. There have been only one or two other cases in history where a US Carrier and group supported war operations SOLO, past schedule, due to external forces.

Now, the ABE LINCOLN has been asked to do it AGAIN. Turning back from a cruise home to speeding to the worst hit areas, the center of upswelling AQ terrorism (ACEH), using every person and craft available to aid the victims. Risking their own lives in a cholera infected cesspool of filthy stagnant water, filled with Blackening, bloated human corpses. All modes of transportation must be flown in, and dropped off. All is being done as quick as possible.

The cost of turning the LINCOLN around and providing this support? This cost is not even covered in the pledged and already contributed amounts by the UNITED STATES.

18 posted on 01/02/2005 4:55:00 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (>The government of our country was meant to be a servant of the people, not a master.)
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To: UCANSEE2

P.S. Add to that the US MARINE CORPS being the ones doing the groundwork, wading though those cesspools of bodies, burying or burning stinking, rotting corpes, giving off a smell almost unbearable.


19 posted on 01/02/2005 4:59:58 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (>The government of our country was meant to be a servant of the people, not a master.)
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To: rdl6989
Connolly should rethink her math.

Connolly should just think. The only thing shes good for is barking out daily DNC talking points. With both her and Juan together, its the meeting of the morons.

20 posted on 01/02/2005 5:01:59 PM PST by Bommer
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To: tsmith130

Krauthammer is one of my true heroes. The guy is smart, eloquent, and has guts.


21 posted on 01/02/2005 5:23:23 PM PST by rlmorel
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To: chiller

The left has for years been talking about how we use most of the world's resources, but I haven't seen any up-to-date verification of this. I have a feeling that China is using more natural resources than we are. And even the left's wording "most of the world's resources" is incorrect, the term should me "more resources than any other country in the world." I know that some will see it as semantics, but the idea that we are using up the world's resources is absurd, but a lot of people believe it because they've heard the lamestream media repeat it so often.


22 posted on 01/02/2005 5:23:38 PM PST by wagglebee (Memo to sKerry: the only thing Bush F'ed up was your career)
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To: UCANSEE2

Hear hear!

A well said reply! Nice job.

As you stated, I am sure the cost of the carrier battle groups is NOT included in any amount of aid given by the USA. Free help.


23 posted on 01/02/2005 5:26:27 PM PST by rlmorel
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To: rlmorel

I agree....and he slaps Ceci reeeeeeal good!


24 posted on 01/02/2005 5:28:28 PM PST by tsmith130
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To: rdl6989
Connolly should rethink her math.

She and Juan Williams. They make me sick.

25 posted on 01/02/2005 5:32:37 PM PST by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: WestTexasWend

"We are the world's Little Red Hen, except that after planting, growing and harvesting the wheat, grinding it into flour and baking the bread, we give the bread away and get blamed that it isn't enough, doesn't meet cultural expectations and there's no butter."

Very well put. I'm saving that one. :)



26 posted on 01/02/2005 5:36:59 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: tsmith130
I thought the same thing--twice this week he's had to take Squeaky to the woodshed.

She apparently has taken it upon herself to confront Krauthammer, utterly unaware of the foolhardiness of it.

She is completely outclassed, and the doltess does not even realize it.

27 posted on 01/02/2005 5:42:58 PM PST by Bruce Buckley
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To: wagglebee

<< The conservative columnist was responding to "FNS" panelist Ceci Connolly, who suggested that U.S. aid contributions were stingy in comparison to the nearly $1 billion of federal relief that poured into the state of Florida during last year's hurricane epidemic, which killed a mere 100 Americans. >>

No mention of course that -- with only one other nation, Australia, ever standing steadfastly at our side -- despite our nation having expended Trillions of Dollars and the lives of hundreds of thousands tidying up leftover british and other old-Euro-peon colonial f***-ups and rescuing the rest of the bloody world from itself and from ther consequences of its own actions and defending it and feeding it for more than one hundred years not one of the Euro-peon Neo-Soviets squalidly fasciSSocialistic satellite staes nor any of the rest of the world has ever donated a single brass Razoo to American disaster relief!

I'm increasingly coming to despise ungrateful ingrates!


28 posted on 01/02/2005 5:58:02 PM PST by Brian Allen (For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord -- Luke 2:11)
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To: rdl6989

That will be difficult for Ceci - she doesn't have much to work with.


29 posted on 01/02/2005 5:58:08 PM PST by CyberAnt (Where are the dem supporters? - try the trash cans in back of the abortion clinics.)
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To: Brian Allen

I'm with you, the only country we seem to be able to depend on consistently is Australia, and Jaques Querri's sister worked her damnedest to put an end to that.


30 posted on 01/02/2005 6:04:26 PM PST by wagglebee (Memo to sKerry: the only thing Bush F'ed up was your career)
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To: wagglebee
A knucklehead is required on every show.
Might as well be Ceci, she's harmless when spewing up easy to discredit information.
31 posted on 01/02/2005 6:13:26 PM PST by hermgem
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To: wagglebee; Byron_the_Aussie; shaggy eel

BUMPping


32 posted on 01/02/2005 6:20:30 PM PST by Brian Allen (For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord -- Luke 2:11)
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To: Bruce Buckley
She is completely outclassed, and the doltess does not even realize it

'Doltess', that's a good one!

I was thinking 'twitlet' myself, but I think I like yours better!

33 posted on 01/02/2005 6:54:45 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Lijahsbubbe

I was thinking sheepshagging slut. Why's that?


34 posted on 01/02/2005 6:56:05 PM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: wagglebee

Thank you for that remark. I've been accepting the phrase that the U.S. uses 90% of the worlds resources or whatever, it is they claim, and haven't questioned it. Now, thanks to you, I will (-:

35 posted on 01/02/2005 7:03:02 PM PST by StACase
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To: wagglebee
At the risk of sounding callous,

It sounds horrible, but you're not being callous enough. This post addresses the logic well:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1311972/posts

 

36 posted on 01/02/2005 7:26:34 PM PST by Phsstpok (Often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: cyborg; shaggy eel
I was thinking sheepshagging slut.

Pinging the Shagmeister !

37 posted on 01/02/2005 7:28:59 PM PST by ErnBatavia (ErnBatavia, Coulter, Malkin, Ingraham....the ultimate Menage a Quatro)
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To: ErnBatavia

LOL!!!!


38 posted on 01/02/2005 7:32:24 PM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: wagglebee
I am constantly amazed at how generous we are, but have long since given up on being recognized for it by the rest of the world.

Consider all that we've been through in the last few years. We had 9/11 and then have fought two wars. We had...well, I lost count on how many hurricanes we had. We've had as much death and destruction as any country, any people on the planet, yet we still find it within ourselves to contribute money, manpower(person power?), etc. to the victims of the tsunami, in addition to the aid we normally contribute world wide. And you know, if any country, even those who profess to hate us, were to ask for help, we'd be there.

We are a good, kind and decent people and we don't need acknowledgment to do the right thing. No good deed goes unpunished, but that doesn't stop us from doing the right thing.

39 posted on 01/02/2005 7:54:23 PM PST by GBA
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To: GBA
I would like to see how much in private money the people of the US have given for this latest crisis....

I think the American people are very generous, to a fault....

I bet our private giving would dwarf most countries...

40 posted on 01/02/2005 9:36:49 PM PST by cherry
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To: cherry
I put a few 20s into a Salvation Army pot recently.

It's time to say "HEY!" where is averyone else? Where are the liberals and socialists? The ones with the loud voices and long fingers?

41 posted on 01/02/2005 9:59:40 PM PST by BobS
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To: wagglebee

I'm so glad Krauthammer is on our team. He is always right on target with the numbers and his commentary.


42 posted on 01/02/2005 10:01:29 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (Because I fly, I envy no (wo)man on earth. - Anon)
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To: UCANSEE2
Thanks for the recitation of the Abe's contributions and accomplishments.

It needed to be said. And God knows the MSM would prefer to skip the whole thing...

43 posted on 01/02/2005 10:06:39 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: rlmorel

Thank you. I am familiar with this subject for a good reason. See my home page.


44 posted on 01/02/2005 10:35:39 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (>The government of our country was meant to be a servant of the people, not a master.)
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To: wagglebee

Bookmarking and bumping ...


45 posted on 01/02/2005 10:37:05 PM PST by BunnySlippers (Happy Festivus ...)
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To: wagglebee
that guy should check his data before writing any articles. where did he get those 50% from?
46 posted on 01/03/2005 2:21:21 AM PST by wu_trax
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To: rlmorel
Krauthammer is one of my true heroes. The guy is smart, eloquent, and has guts.

Yup! I keep wanting to see Brit's Special Report on a day when Fred Barnes can be the Middle-of-the roader, Mort Kondrake the Liberal, and Krauthammer the Conservative. Really don't see any need for Cici, Juan, and the other uberlibs.

47 posted on 01/03/2005 4:45:07 AM PST by night reader
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To: wagglebee

Charles Krauthammer ....you tell em Charlie!


48 posted on 01/03/2005 5:05:13 AM PST by Smartaleck
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To: wagglebee

CC smells like Compost


49 posted on 01/03/2005 5:12:36 AM PST by bert (Don't Panic.....)
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To: Recovering_Democrat; WestTexasWend; UCANSEE2; RJL
Well, let me answer RJL´s question( How much UN aid or aid from any other countries made it to Florida? I'm betting it was $0.0.) by raising other questions: how much has the US asked other countries to pay? How much did you want Bangladesh, Romania, Marocco or Estonia to give? Why should the people of France, Denmark or Britain pay for the broken TV´s of (mostly) insured people in Florida?

This discussion is reaching the bottom line! The people in SE Asia are suffering from the worst natural disaster since decades and you are whining that Florida - part of one of the worlds richest countries - got nothing? It is a shame. Instead of doing the best to help the victims of this flooding, some are moaning about allegedly missed grattitude and wish a rivalry between the rich nations who gives more. I´m speechless.

50 posted on 01/03/2005 5:18:27 AM PST by Michael81Dus
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