Skip to comments.Honore: U.S. military should have reached Haiti sooner
Posted on 01/15/2010 4:39:13 AM PST by TornadoAlley3
Washington (CNN) -- The retired general who took charge of relief efforts in New Orleans, Louisiana, after Hurricane Katrina said Thursday that the U.S. military should have arrived in earthquake-devastated Haiti 24 hours earlier.
"The good Samaritans who moved early on the first day are to be applauded. They made a difference," said Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, a CNN contributor.
"What we've got to do now is get the heavy equipment in. I thought the U.S. military could have been there a day earlier. They're on the ground now, and they have a brigade en route, and that's going to make a big difference," he said.
Honore, best known for his management of the recovery efforts after the hurricane that killed about 2,000 people on the Gulf Coast, said "time is of the essence" in helping quake survivors.
Repairing the seaport at Port-au-Prince and keeping the airport open are key to bringing in equipment, food, water and medicine, Honore said.
Regarding the airport, he said, "You need to put the right commander there who's going to be a battle captain and keep those aircraft flowing. You come in, you drop off what you have, you put the sick and wounded on and then move out. No one is standing any time on the airfield. You can be in and out in a half hour."
Speaking at the House Democratic Caucus Retreat later Thursday, Obama acknowledged the scrutiny focused on U.S. response.
"This is a time when the world looks to us and they say -- given our capacity, given our unique capacity to project power around the world -- that we have to project that not just for our own interests but for the interests of the world as a whole," he said. "And my national security team understands that
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God Bless Honore- he should be in there right now!
Team Obama was too busy preparing commercials to
blame President Bush for this.
If the “world” wants to look to us, the US, in times like these maybe they “the rest of the world” should stop disrespecting and bad mouthing us, the US so much.
He should know it takes time to get ships loaded with the right stuff, placed in the right order so unloading can be done faster.
But first security has to be paramount. If you start unloading stuff in ports willy nilly with people to make sure it is going to the right people at the right time, they when end like the Liveaid stuff that either was stolen or left to rot on the docks.
So in addition to being the world’s police, we are now supposed to be the world’s EMS?
Wrong. We should donate money food and water and let the UN handle it. Obama will go all in and adopt the country. We will never be able to get out. This is going to be a nightmare. That moron is sending an aircraft carrier and the 82nd Airborne. Good god what an idiot! Although he did have the comments in his book about how Haitis problems are caused by “White Mans Greed”. And how cruise ships throw enough food away every day to feed the whole country. Well we are about to find out.
The media just can't get enough of criticizing the military!
That boy O is stuck on stupid!
Isn't he the general who coined the phrase "stuck on stupid"?
Cue Kanye West.
And so it starts with liberals attacking the US relief effort.
Luckily this time, Obama gets all the credit for failure and charges of racism. “If this had been a white country, everything would be fixed by now” ala Katrina.
“Honore: U.S. military should have reached Haiti sooner”
Seriously...guess the US was just too busy being an imperial hegmony with delusions of superpower-dom.
Thought the response time was pretty quick, disaster on Sunday, MASSIVE movement of men and material Tuesday-Wednesday. Suppose if we are the worlds 911, that is the whole spectrum of emergency services....
Seems kinda small to be badmouthing the folks who are trying to help.
So applaud them, already. Good Samaritans move on a whim. Hell, I personally flew a ton and a half of goods (in five flights) in my little RV-6 to LA after Katrina as part of a GA relief effort. The word went out via email one day and we were in the air the next, stuffed to the rails with water, food and diapers. Paid for our own fuel and donated our time.
The military moves on orders that come down from the top. If they didn't move, it was because they weren't ordered to move, and THAT order ultimately comes from Barry. And, like any large machine, it takes a while to get momentum up.
I predict that O will be going on a fly-over and after the stink is cleared up, he and his sugar-momma,Winfrey, will do a ‘special’ from there.
There is a lot of juice to be squeezed out of this crisis.
Katrina mentality. We get there when we get there, let Brad Pitt and Sean Penn move in first.
Seems kinda small to be badmouthing the folks who are trying to help.
IMHO, the man is a jerk....
I wonder how many Haitians will end up here?
U.S. military should have reached Haiti sooner
And Geraldo and Shep Smith.
Oh wait, I just heard on Fox & Friends that Geraldo is getting ready to go. Hang on trapped Haitians! Geraldo is on his way!
Somebody on MSNBC yesterday stated “ we have a president who cares now, this won’t be another katrina”
The amount of obama speech-making on this crisis wil be mind numbing. In cluding ghost writen articles for mags and op-ed pages.
Will haities become the 51st state, on our way to 57 ?
Did you have air traffic control when you flew into LA? No air traffic control at Haitian airport was a problem. No lights for landings after dark was another. The military is setting up ATC now (may already be in operation). Lights went on last night thanks to US military.
BTW, good on you for your help after Katrina!!!
Our Marines never took a vow to defend & protect haiti nor are they trained in rescue missions.
This sudden impulse to send in US Marines and the other branches for humanitarian purposes is wrong. That is why we have the UN and their “blue helmets”. It isn’t America’s fault the UN isn’t capable.
Watch what will happen in Haiti; Marines will be forced to defend themselves or take offensive actions and THEN will be condemned and tried in a court by this administration that sent them on a mission for a purpose they never signed up for.
Been to Miami lately ?
You are exactly correct.
The point is that Bush was blamed for the slow response during Katrina’s disaster - and for letting thousands of black New Orleans residents suffer and some die .....
Now the General in charge of that recovery operation is saying Zero, the black President, the CIC, should be blamed for not getting our troops down to Haiti faster and letting tens of thousands of black Haitians suffer and die.....
He is not criticizing the army - but the CIC, IMHO.
I’ll take it....especially coming from Commie News Network.
You saw it here first.
He is a jerk.
Only CNN would dig him up and milk invalidating soundbites out of him.
That’s what they they do. Thats there industry.
Just after the quake a ‘spokesman’ said that NO UNIFORMED TROOPS would be allowed in Haiti. From radio news while driving home.
Did I hear this correctly?
If this a fact; they should get nothing from the Taxpayers.
Any GOP man or woman would have known the need for immediate action, within 3 minutes of the initial reports. And then withing the hour of what General Honore said. Get to that airport and establish order. Obama did not. He’s a naif.
A real President wouldn’t have cared what the ‘spokesman’ of a corrupt government says in such a case. We’d move anyway. Make excuses later.
I saw uniformed US military at the airport last night.(on one of the news channels) They had just turned on the lights so night landings could be accomplished and were starting to set up ATC.
That’s bullshit. Go away, twerp.
Hey, but what do I know...
However, Vietnam was the beginning of the end, when politicians lack the will to use the miltary as a an instrument of force when needed. Reagan blew it in Lebanon. Clinton blew it in Africa and the Balkans, Bush41 quit too soon in Iraq, Bush43 did a fair job in Iraq after some lessons learned and prodding by Petraeus. But now the jury is out on Afghanistan.
But it seems a guy like obama and the people he has to advise him? Clueless. Not optimistic we will succeed unless somehow, the obamites get out of the way of the people who really know how to sacrifice and produce....
Godspeed to our military.
Not another Katrina? It’s worse. Now 72 hours after the quake and no aid on the ground except at the airport. Which is surrounded by mobs of thieves and murderers.
And 40,000 Americans still missing in Haiti???
Correct me if I’m wrong but weren’t people warned to leave NO, then being bussed and airlifted out of New Orleans within 24-48 hours after the storm and still Bush getting slammed.
How many kids in NO died of thirst?
Hmmm...when did the Haitian government request US military aid? Not that this has stopped us in the past but effectively placing Haiti under US martial law should be by request.
I was in Miami 35 years ago and nothing but bad things happened. It was a hell hole than, I can’t imagine what it is like now.
Were Bush still President, what would today’s NY Times headlines be?
Yep. And Haiti has been stuck on stupid for 200 years.
Where’s the $50 million in aid Hillary sent 9 months ago? and the $100 million we have been sending every year.
With all those Haiti mansions and govt office collapsed and a most of the politicians dead, it looks like a lot of swiss bank accounts won’t be drawn on anymore by their depositors.
Don’t they need something to do this? Like orders from the CIC?
Sadly my first thoughts too.
Give’em both barrels General Honore and please run for office. We need somebody in there who will call them for being terminally “Stuck on Stupid”!
there is no “haitian govt”- the president of Haiti went to the airport for safety, and reportedly has asked to leave Haiti because his house collapsed.
The Haiti ambassador to the US was on FOX News last night- said he went to State Dept and asked for help. I guess that’s the “haitian govt”
four words for Gen Honore: “Don’t. Rush. To. Failure.”