Skip to comments.'Destruction everywhere' in Port-au-Prince
Posted on 01/14/2010 5:35:01 AM PST by myknowledge
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The commander of the first U.S. ship to reach earthquake-stricken Haiti described devastation all around from her vantage point in the Port-au-Prince harbor.
"It is hard to look out in this harbor and see a building that is not affected ... from the waterfront up the hills to the larger buildings," Cmdr. Diane W. Durham of the Coast Guard cutter Forward said by satellite phone Wednesday afternoon, WTKR-TV, Norfolk, Va., reported.
The Forward, dispatched from the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, arrived in Haiti at sunrise and the light of day highlighted the destruction .
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This is such a mess, I cannot even begin to consider what lies ahead; decaying bodies, dehydration, hunger, if we thought this country was a mess before, it is now only going to get worse. BTW, where is the billion dollars the US sent last year???
We seem to be in the business of nation building now. Perhaps we’ll put our experience to good use and help Haiti become something better than it was.
Agreed, the law of the jungle is probably about to go into action.
I see Airborne drops to restore some sort order.
It sounds like the earthquake will keep killing people for awhile, with the initial victims only the first wave. Next the people with injuries who can’t get to medical help and those trapped in the rubble. Then there will be disease from lack of clean water, unburied bodies and proper food. You have to also consider that the strong will steal from and kill the weak in places. I feel really bad for the people of Haiti but beyond contributing to the Red Cross I am not sure what to do.
Fox said Obama has enlisted George W. Bush to help. I bet the left will love that! Hillary was on Fox and Friends this morning and said there is a huge effort on behalf of the Coast Guard, our military and the UN to restore communication, piece together the govt., and do search and rescue. One woman lost all 4 of her children and just sits on the ground and screams every so often. The reports are heart wrenching.
And it can happen here. Are we prepared?
Did you hear Ben Johnson’s slip up when referring to Hilary? He called her “clitter” then checked himself.
No! I didn’t catch that but I recorded the interview on my VCR so will rewind it and listen again. I know HIllary was asked by Shannon how we can ensure the donation money gets into the right hands. Hillary said she is working to make sure that happens.
My son just got back from a mission trip to Haiti last week. He’s in shock because a video link I e-mailed him was of a street he had just travelled on a week ago.
Of all the things I was worried about while he was there, an earthquake was the farthest thing from my mind.
At least my son heard from the people he stayed with down there & they survived the quake.
Hopefully, they will have someone in charge of the incoming money. They have to be accountable and make sure it gets to the people.
I'm waiting for Obama to push his idea of a Stability Police Force that stands ready to restore order in case of a disaster. At home or abroad, the SPF can be mobilized to keep unruly citizens in line.
Sure, the recruitment will take a little time, and it may not be in place in time to help Haiti, but perhaps it would be ready for the next meltdown that Obama wanted to control. Hmmmmmmmmmmm?
The Haiti situation is just heartbreaking.
I’m wondering where Cuba and Venezuela are in this international rescue???
Haiti has been a disaster for 200 + years. Nothing will change. Help them get back on their feet but stop the flood of Haitians into the U.S.. Haiti may eventually bankrupt Florida.
I read that the 82nd AB was going in.
Really? Wow. I was just thinking how different this is - Louisiana’s governor would not authorize Bush to send National Guard until well into the crisis. Haiti’s leader begged the US to send a hospital ship as soon as they were able to get word out. I wonder if the press will realize that’s why Obama was able to send help more quickly?
Or is Obama’s move to include Bush an attempt to blame him for anything that goes wrong in the relief effort?
In a fortnight, Haiti would be descending into complete anarchy had international aid not arrived in time.
can happen? When you live in earthquake country from California to Alaska you are likely to have three or four good size damaging quakes in your lifetime, and countless “did you feel that?” little ones. Thankfully we have building codes that help prevent all but the oldest buildings from total collapse. When we get a 7.0 the damage is mostly moderate, and the deaths few. In Haiti they have no codes. Each year during the rainy season it is normal to have 40 or 50 of those hillside shanty homes above Port-au-Prince come sliding down the hill in mud slides killing dozens, and they just build more in their place with no improvements.
Saw Bill Clinton on TV last night and he said something that I was unaware of and that is that 200 years ago while under French rule, Haiti was the wealthiest nation in the Caribbean. I cannot help but wonder how different Haiti might be today had they stayed under French rule.
I know for a fact that they don't have to obey municipal fire codes, so who knows about a four level parking stucture.
That’s an accurate assumption- the 82nd AB is on it’s way- and a special Army unit from south Florida that is trained for this kind of operation as well as a Marine Exp Unit...lots of naval ships and coast guard as well.
Also heard Hillary say in 36 hours the AMERICAN PEOPLE have sent $3 MILLION to the Red Cross. Even she was impressed.
Similarly, 100 years ago, Argentina was considered by some to be the third wealthiest nation in the world. Then they elected a socialist who promised hope and change. The twentieth century was mostly downhill for Argentina.
Her rank is commander. Her title is Captain, as with any naval commanding officer.
Here's the rest of the history....
In the 1800s the US refused to recognize Haiti's government even though they came to power the same way we did, by throwing out the colonial power. The fear was that recognizing a former slave nation as now legitimate would create a similar rebellion here. For over a century the US, UK and most of Europe pretended that Haiti didn't exist...iow, no trade. Without trade there is no revenue for growth.
After Cuba went communist and with the threat of communism real throughout Latin America and the Caribbean the US took the FP attitude of supporting any dictator in the region as long as he was not a red. This gave us Pinochet, Trujillo, Noriega and, in Haiti, Papa Doc Duvalier.
Duvalier drove the educated creole class out of Haiti and created the Macoute, a kind of uneducated, merciless gestapo, to keep the rest in check through torture and murder. The US supported Duvalier. When Papa Doc passed on his son, Baby Doc, took over. It is a very telling fact that the only foreign diplomat who was present when Baby Doc was sworn in was the Ambassador from the US, a guy named Knox. We continued to support the new Duvalier as he continued his father's rule by terror.
In the nineties Baby Doc was chased out and the true communist Aristede was installed, essentially by us. He was thrown out but Clinton put him back in using the Marines. Aristede was as bad as Duvalier but an even bigger thief. He was again thrown out and now lives in Paris with a couple of hundred million US dollars.
Detroit is likewise a French name.
They look similar.
And prior to the civil war, Louisiana was by far the wealthiest state in the south. Then during reconstruction, the democrats took over.
Here’s a guy that blogs from Argentina on living/surviving there.
Looks very bad.
Ever since I found out the Red Cross is Union, and stopped blood from being delivered to a hospital in the U.S., AND, that Muslim Countries do not want the ‘red’ cross , I cannot bring myself to donate to them.
But I did donate to billygraham.org/Samaritans purse for Haiti.
There is a reason Americans have been prepping and are in survival mode....even though they are laughed at and made fun of....When the SHTF, you won’t find me in a big crowd sitting on my butt and waiting on government to give me water, food or shelter.
One more thought, now do people see why a ‘bug out’ bag needs 3 day supplies of water, food, reflective blankets, tent, bandages etc? In a major hit, it takes at least 3 days to get equipment, supplies etc to a stricken area..
I joke a lot about Detroit, and yes, as in bad shape as Detroit may be, still, not even close to Haiti.
With the Clintons involved, are you kidding?
That’s why I gave to billygraham.org/ samaritan’s purse.
BO is on TV talking about all of the money we are sending...we will rebuild Haiti! Good God, if it looks anything like it looked before the earthquake it is a waste of American dollars.
As to an earthquake in the US, I was in the 89 quake in SF. It was one of the scariest moments of my life, and the aftermath was far worse with the ground shaking and being trapped downtown on top of it. I cannot begin to imagine what these people are going through.
Gosh I love your area, love that whole Palm Springs area, absolutely beautiful!
They have not contributed anything as per Rush yesterday.
Exactly- I stopped trusting the Red Cross years ago- but I didn’t know they were unionized.
My son has friends who actually work with a mission from here in Central Florida located in Haiti- we sent our money there. If not- I would have donated to the Salvation Army or Franklin Graham’s samaritan.org...
Forget the Red Cross. There are more honest charities out there. Mercy Corps comes to mind...
LOL! It reads like you said that with a straight face!
That's utter and complete bullsh*t, most likely spouted by a source that wants to blame Haiti's many economic and political problems on everything but Haiti itself.
The Treasury Department's register of commercial regulations indicates that the United States first requested and officially received from the "Republic of Hayti" a statement of its existing tariff rates and commercial laws on international trade with the United States way back in 1819.
The State Department's list of foreign diplomatic postings shows that we've maintained a U.S. consulate in Port au Prince since at least 1833.
And in terms of actual trade, the irrefutable reality is that the United States was engaged in regular commerce with Haiti since its founding. The first year that the Treasury Department recorded imports coming into the U.S. by country was in 1815 - barely a decade after Haiti's independence. Our trade in goods from Haiti that year was valued at just under $60,000. The largest categories were molasses, rum, and sugar.
The volume of Haiti's exports to the United States at the time also made it our third largest trading partner in the Caribbean and South America. Haiti exported more to us than Brazil, Florida (a Spanish colony at the time), and all of the Danish, Dutch, and French West Indies. Only the very sizable British and Spanish colonies surpassed it.
And all of those facts are even more amazing when you consider that the government of Haiti was a politically dysfunctional basket case in perpetual revolution, more or less from its inception till the 1870's - the first time a Haitian president left office voluntarily and peacefully at the end of his term.