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Honore: U.S. military should have reached Haiti sooner
CNN ^ | 1/16/2010 | Staff

Posted on 01/16/2010 11:53:53 AM PST by Red in Blue PA

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.

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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 I will not put up with any excuses for us not doing the very best in this time of tragedy."

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: haiti; haitiearthquake; haitirelief; honore; stfuahole; usmilitary; wgaf
I agree with Honore and have said this from Day 1.
1 posted on 01/16/2010 11:53:55 AM PST by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA
Obama says: "I will not put up with not doing our very best"

What is this...8th grade??

Our Military...even in training are far superior than Obama...Because they want to win!!!

2 posted on 01/16/2010 11:58:15 AM PST by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: Red in Blue PA

How about somebody showing some appreciation that we show up at all?


3 posted on 01/16/2010 11:59:47 AM PST by Bad Jack Bauer (Fat and Bald? I was BORN fat and bald, thank you very much!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

yup, it’s because barack obama hates black people


4 posted on 01/16/2010 12:00:10 PM PST by henry_reardon
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To: Red in Blue PA
Send Honore.
5 posted on 01/16/2010 12:00:43 PM PST by zeaal
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To: Bad Jack Bauer

If you are expecting a pat on the back, you are missing the point. Tens of thousands are dead and millions of others desperately need help, and you want a word of thanks.

Some people just don’t get it.


6 posted on 01/16/2010 12:01:36 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Red in Blue PA; Sacajaweau; Impy; TigersEye

And regarding this debate ...

Roger Ebert to Rush Limbaugh: ‘You Should Be Horse-Whipped’
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2429754/posts
[For Criticizing Obama]


7 posted on 01/16/2010 12:02:07 PM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Ayers unimportant? What about Robert KKK Byrd or FALN pardons? DNC -- the terrorism party.)
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To: zeaal

Agree. He kicked serious arse after Katrina.

The guy should be sent down.


8 posted on 01/16/2010 12:02:11 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: henry_reardon

Why make comments like that during a time like this? It only serves to make Conservatives look bad. Very bad.


9 posted on 01/16/2010 12:03:20 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Obama’s fault.


10 posted on 01/16/2010 12:04:55 PM PST by fullchroma (Obama: GET OUT OF MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Have him take it up with the Commander in Chief. HE’S the one that makes the calls. NEXT!!!! :)


11 posted on 01/16/2010 12:05:39 PM PST by cubreporter ( Rush is coming back on Wed. Welcome back Rush. God bless you for all you do for all of us.)
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To: fullchroma

Rememer how stupid lefist looked when they made those claims about Bush? You look that way now.


12 posted on 01/16/2010 12:05:54 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: henry_reardon

>>yup, it’s because barack obama hates black people<<

That can’t be repeated too many times. The response to Katrina was much much faster.

But the TOTUS-reader will get yet another bye — from kanye and the MSM.


13 posted on 01/16/2010 12:06:27 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Red in Blue PA

>>Why make comments like that during a time like this? It only serves to make Conservatives look bad. Very bad.<<

It illustrates a VERY important point.


14 posted on 01/16/2010 12:07:43 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Red in Blue PA
If you are expecting a pat on the back, you are missing the point. Tens of thousands are dead and millions of others desperately need help, and you want a word of thanks.

No. I do not want a pat on the back. But I do wish people would recognize that in the end, the great majority of the rescue and recovery and rebuilding efforts will be done by the US. Where is everyone else? Who had the most equipment on the ground first? America will do what it has always done, help and render aid. No need to pay us back or praise us, but for Heaven's sake, the criticism does get tiresome.
15 posted on 01/16/2010 12:09:44 PM PST by Bad Jack Bauer (Fat and Bald? I was BORN fat and bald, thank you very much!)
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To: henry_reardon
yup, it’s because barack obama hates black people,

You can't say that. He doesn't hate the light-skinned ones.

16 posted on 01/16/2010 12:10:48 PM PST by fullchroma (Obama: GET OUT OF MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE!)
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To: Bad Jack Bauer

Agree with all of your points, but they can be worried about later.


17 posted on 01/16/2010 12:10:58 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I was being attempting to sarcastically evoke those “Bush’s fault” Katrina days. Sorry if it wasn’t clear.


18 posted on 01/16/2010 12:14:00 PM PST by fullchroma (Obama: GET OUT OF MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE!)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Obama says: "I will not put up with not doing our very best".

Well even CNN reports that your people have clearly already failed* Obama, as thousands have likely died because of the delay caused by the failure of your administration. You said you wouldn't put up with it, so who are you going to fire?

*Interesting that even the liberal CNN reporters on the ground were so upset that they could no longer cover up the failure in Obama's reponse.

19 posted on 01/16/2010 12:14:15 PM PST by LZ_Bayonet (There's Always Something.............And there's always something worse!)
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To: Red in Blue PA
We get there when we can. They are fortunate we go at all. The place is a mess. Haiti has been raped from day one. There is no infrastructure to move anything anywhere.

When we get done pouring millions to billions into Haiti, which will go to the same crooks, the place will be the same as it was before the earthquake.

20 posted on 01/16/2010 12:16:29 PM PST by Parmy
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To: LZ_Bayonet; All

Everyone is starting to get frustrated, and rightfully so. Honore is 100% correct.....on CNN last night he said that in a situation like this security can never be guaranteed 100%. As such, move supplies in as fast as possible.

That is not currently being done. Was surprised that Honore shared my frustation and was so open with his criticism. My respect for him only grew, as people sometimes do not offer criticism when the should.

Honore is a stand up guy.


21 posted on 01/16/2010 12:21:42 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Parmy
We get there when we can. They are fortunate we go at all.

Curious if you call yourself a Christian?

And if so, why?
22 posted on 01/16/2010 12:22:46 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Our military should be used for military purposes not meals on wheels. The UN, Red Cross and other charitable organizations should take care of the humanitarium work.


23 posted on 01/16/2010 12:23:57 PM PST by kenmcg (THE)
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To: Red in Blue PA

What has that got to do with anything. If you think it is so important, then go. Then you can be a Christian, not only in name.


24 posted on 01/16/2010 12:26:45 PM PST by Parmy
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To: kenmcg
Our military should be used for military purposes not meals on wheels

So when a country collapses, the floating hospital should be kept in dock in Baltimore?

Glad that your thinking is not shared by many.
25 posted on 01/16/2010 12:26:54 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Parmy

If I had medical skills, I would be there.

The fact that so many here can only snipe at what is being done is absolutely pathetic.


26 posted on 01/16/2010 12:28:04 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Parmy

Agreed. Not a job for the military and this guy should GO THERE instead of insulting people at FR by questioning their religious beliefs when they don’t think we should be pouring our money down a black hole.

Ridiculous red in blue pa


27 posted on 01/16/2010 12:32:45 PM PST by spacejunkie01
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To: Red in Blue PA

When did Hussein give the order?


28 posted on 01/16/2010 12:34:08 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Sacajaweau

This is the maoist’s way of saying it’s not his fault.

Someone else took too long.

This lying dirtbag is pathetic.


29 posted on 01/16/2010 12:36:37 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: fullchroma
yup, it’s because barack obama hates black people,

You can't say that. He doesn't hate the light-skinned ones.

Zero is a Narcissist. One of the characteristics of N's is that they hate everyone - including themselves.

30 posted on 01/16/2010 1:23:14 PM PST by proudofthesouth (We are being governed by a Muzzie illegal alien and a corrupt Congress who no longer work for us.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

what is was politically incorrect for Honore to state (and he didn’t) was that the UN is largely the problem in Haiti. Any murdering, raping and pillaging ‘machete wielding yoots’ in NOLA were dispatched forthwith to their maker under Honore, and aid proceeded relatively risk free - not so in Haiti where the UN will not authorize live fire and huddles at the airport like scared mice.

Honore should have recognized that the USAF was at the airport within hours and had flight control established in less than 12 under protection of Marines. The president of Haiti’s response to this was to demand a ‘landing tax’ on relief flights (according to a CNN reporter) and throw a hissy fit over ‘sovereignty’. The UN’s reaction was to throw a hissy fit over who was “officially in control”, both wasting precious hours on politics.


31 posted on 01/16/2010 1:36:28 PM PST by blueplum
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To: Red in Blue PA

You don’t need medical skills. If you are so unhappy with the way things are progressing, then go there and help distribute food, clean up in the hospitals, cook, empty bed pans, etc. There is plenty to do for you.

Stop preaching how insensitive, selfish and unChristian we are. Go, go do work there and show the rest of us selfish b*stards how wonderful you are.

And while there, make sure you post on FR and remind us how great you are.


32 posted on 01/16/2010 1:51:44 PM PST by SamiGirl
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To: SamiGirl

Thank you!


33 posted on 01/16/2010 2:37:16 PM PST by Parmy
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To: Red in Blue PA
The response of private organizations to the disaster was as impressive as that of the US government. Many of them have had people in Haiti for years, working with scant recognition of any kind other than knowing they were doing God's work. These organizations responded immediately to get help to their people who are the ones that know the area and the Haitian people.

In any situation there are going to be bottlenecks that limit how much can be done, regardless of the good intentions of those doing the work. In this case it's the airport, a port, and Haiti's primitive infrastructure that will set the limits on how much can be done how quickly.

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The weak link in this chain is Haiti, its people and infrastructure. The simply cannot support the kind of pressure the US military could bring to bear on the situation.

You can't get nine ladies pregnant and have a baby in one month. Some things just take time and nothing can be done to change that.

It's always oh so easy to sit back and take pot shots at the ones who are doing the job. I take great pride in knowing that regardless of how hard it is, there's no organization in the history of the world that could do a better job than the US military.

I hope and pray that Obama and his minions recognize that that's OUR military, OUR men and women doing the job, and there's no reason on God's green earth for him to be going around the world apologizing for what we do and how we do it.

Say what he wants, when ANYONE on Earth dials 911, the phone rings in the United States, and not just in Washington, but all across the country!

And I think that, starting with Tuesday's special election, Obama is about to get a lesson in what it means to the world to have a USA on the other end of that phone!

True, Republicans dropped the ball when they were given control, but I don't think anyone would dispute that the mess the Dems have made since they took over makes the Republicans look like minor league players.

34 posted on 01/16/2010 3:13:25 PM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: Red in Blue PA

YUP,

Epic messiah FAIL.

Watched Greta last night with Rove.

Rove stated that there are 27 FEMA dog rescue teams and not one is working in Haiti yet and some are still waiting to be flown out of the USA while China DOES have dog rescue teams on the ground searching.

Epic FAIL Barry


35 posted on 01/16/2010 3:49:31 PM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: SamiGirl
You don’t need medical skills.

Actually, you do. Even the Red Cross is not accepting applications for non-medical people. At least if you post, know that of which you speak.
36 posted on 01/16/2010 4:18:44 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Red in Blue PA
in a situation like this security can never be guaranteed 100%

I agree that you can never provide 100% security, but for the key people like search and rescue workers, doctors, etc. those who are saving lives hour by hour and minute by minute, they deserve to have some reasonable sense of security, otherwise, you won't have those people willing to volunteer and risk their lives to help out the next time something like this happens.

It's a sad situation.

37 posted on 01/16/2010 4:19:23 PM PST by smokingfrog (Don't mess with the mocking bird! - http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: SamiGirl
Stop preaching how insensitive, selfish and unChristian we are.

I am not preaching.....merely strating facts. Things like this posted above ARE Unchristian, whether you want to believe it or not. They are fortunate we go at all
38 posted on 01/16/2010 4:21:00 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: smokingfrog

Could not agree more. I just have a hard time believing it takes 4 days to get security forces ready to go in to protect rescue forces.

DO they never train for something like this? What if something like this happened here? Would it take 4 days????

IMO, that is disturbing.


39 posted on 01/16/2010 4:23:40 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: SamiGirl

The Red Cross is not accepting volunteers to travel to Haiti now, but both they and the International Medical Corps say that later, they may need volunteer health-care personnel.

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2010/0115/Haiti-relief-work-How-you-can-volunteer-now


40 posted on 01/16/2010 4:26:30 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Interesting comparison. 1989 Okland quake was about the same strength. Population probably about the same too if you include Alameda county and the bay area.(guessing).

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=owAzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=YJEDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1877,7241443&dq=oakland+earthquake+looting&hl=en


41 posted on 01/16/2010 4:54:42 PM PST by smokingfrog (Don't mess with the mocking bird! - http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: smokingfrog

I heard that although both were 7.0 earthquakes, the power associated with this one was 4 times greater. Not sure why.....possibly because it was so close to the surface?


42 posted on 01/16/2010 7:16:14 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: smokingfrog

If a disaster like Haiti ever hit the modern day USA, looting would start on Day 2 at the latest IMO.

The Haitian people have shown a great resolve and dignity.


43 posted on 01/16/2010 7:17:39 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: blueplum
Any murdering, raping and pillaging ‘machete wielding yoots’ in NOLA were dispatched forthwith to their maker under Honore, and aid proceeded relatively risk free

Care to provide a link backing that assertion?

44 posted on 01/16/2010 11:10:54 PM PST by OneLoyalAmerican (Palin 2012)
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To: Red in Blue PA

because I’m sick and tired of us continually letting the left slide on their hypocrisy. Or have you forgotten the venom spewed at GWB during katrina?


45 posted on 01/17/2010 3:56:17 AM PST by henry_reardon
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