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US accused of annexing airport as squabbling hinders aid effort in Haiti
guardian.co.uk ^ | 1/17/10 | Rory Carroll and Daniel Nasaw

Posted on 01/17/2010 2:08:53 PM PST by Kartographer

The US military's takeover of emergency operations in Haiti has triggered a diplomatic row with countries and aid agencies furious at having flights redirected.

Brazil and France lodged an official ­protest with Washington after US military aircraft were given priority at Port-au-Prince's congested airport, forcing many non-US flights to divert to the Dominican Republic.

Brasilia warned it would not ­relinquish command of United Nations forces in Haiti and Paris complained the airport had become a US "annexe", exposing a brewing power struggle amid the global relief effort. The Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières also complained about diverted flights.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airport; haiti; haitirelief; un; usmilitary
I say 'screw them all and we take our personnel, our supplies and our oney and bring them all home!
1 posted on 01/17/2010 2:08:53 PM PST by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

I agree, but don’t you find it delicious that our lovely and loved president is pissing off everybody in the world trying to earn his unearned Nobel?


2 posted on 01/17/2010 2:12:19 PM PST by eaglesiniowa ((Hope is not a course of action))
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To: Kartographer

Let me get this straight. We’re doing the lion’s share of the heavy lifting and dwarfing these countries in donations (both national and personal) and we have to listen to the nation that you see when you look up “surrender” in the dictionary and the Sodom & Gomorrah of Latin America? STFU


3 posted on 01/17/2010 2:12:52 PM PST by dumpthelibs (dumpthelibs)
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To: Kartographer

Let’s turn in all over to France and the UN, I’m sure that they will do a much better job.


4 posted on 01/17/2010 2:14:10 PM PST by centurion316
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To: Kartographer
You must understand that that the French, Brazilians and UN bureaucrats must be on scene to skim the maximum amount for their own personal Swiss accounts. Be a little reasonable.
5 posted on 01/17/2010 2:14:45 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: Kartographer

Agreed, especially after hearing them say ‘the white outsider’s are the problem’!

Pfft , out of there.


6 posted on 01/17/2010 2:16:43 PM PST by Freddd (CNN is not credible.)
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To: Kartographer
I would think flights in and out of this place should be scheduled and directed from a third place. The problem is there is only one runway and very little fuel to refuel. Having planes just showing up is ridiculous.
7 posted on 01/17/2010 2:17:28 PM PST by almost done by half
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To: Kartographer

I wonder if this story will ever see the light of day in America-could reflect poorly upon his Omnipotence.


8 posted on 01/17/2010 2:19:11 PM PST by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: Kartographer

Port Au Prince airport is a VERY small airport and if we (the USA) are providing the bulk of the aid to Haiti, I see nothing wrong with giving our flights priority.


9 posted on 01/17/2010 2:20:06 PM PST by teletech (Say NO to RINOS!)
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To: Kartographer

Somebody needs to be in charge and it looks like Haiti is utterly incapable of running things for the moment. If not us than who? Does Brazil want to run the show? How about France? Just who do these countries want to run the show. I’m so sick and tired about piss-ant countries criticizing the US.


10 posted on 01/17/2010 2:20:53 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: Kartographer

Somebody needs to be in charge and it looks like Haiti is utterly incapable of running things for the moment. If not us than who? Does Brazil want to run the show? How about France? Just who do these countries want to run the show. I’m so sick and tired about piss-ant countries criticizing the US.


11 posted on 01/17/2010 2:20:56 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: Kartographer

Wow. That happened faster than I anticipated! I had predicted a FULL seven days before the power-grabs started.

*SNORT*


12 posted on 01/17/2010 2:21:30 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: Kartographer

I think it’s time for America’s “first international President” to show us how good he is at repairing all those international rifts brought about by the previous administration. Didn’t he once say something about healing relationships with our allies?

Time to man up, Zer0!


13 posted on 01/17/2010 2:22:43 PM PST by Roccus (ABLE DANGER?????...................What's an ABLE DANGER???)
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To: Kartographer

A local medical team was denied permission to land because Hillary Clinton was at the airport.

We know that President Bush chose not to land in Louisiana so as not to disrupt the rescue efforts.

The msm chose to demonize that decision, but God knows.


14 posted on 01/17/2010 2:23:08 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Kartographer

Weasley Clark wannabe in action at the airport?


15 posted on 01/17/2010 2:25:14 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Carley

Obammma’s fault


16 posted on 01/17/2010 2:29:02 PM PST by shadeaud ("If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin)
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To: Kartographer

Bush’s fault.

The fix is in.


17 posted on 01/17/2010 2:29:16 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Kartographer

Obama is shutting out the rest of the world from horning in on HIS emergency. This is HIS 9/11 and he wants all the limelight.


18 posted on 01/17/2010 2:29:59 PM PST by gitmo (FR vs DU: n4mage vs DUmage)
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To: dumpthelibs

Come on man, don’t hold back.
Tell us how ya really feel.

Isn’t that the way it usually is?


19 posted on 01/17/2010 2:31:01 PM PST by Joe Boucher (This marxist punk has got to go. (FUBO))
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To: Kartographer
The Haitian "government" handed over control of the airport to the US. The article makes it sound as if we just stiff-armed our way in and took over.

The Haitian government, paralysed by the destruction of the presidential palace and ministries, signed a memorandum of understanding formally transferring control of Toussaint L'Ouverture airport to the US. Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, flew in on Saturday and met Préval near the airport. "We will be here today, tomorrow and for the time ahead," she said.

20 posted on 01/17/2010 2:31:44 PM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: centurion316


SCREW

FRANCE

21 posted on 01/17/2010 2:31:56 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: truthguy
If we were smart, we'd pull out now.

The UN prides itself on its performance during disasters. Fine. Let the UN run things.

Why should the US wetnurse the rest of the world?

22 posted on 01/17/2010 2:40:58 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Kartographer
"Brazil and France lodged an official ­protest with Washington after US military aircraft were given priority at Port-au-Prince's congested airport, forcing many non-US flights to divert to the Dominican Republic. "

What you resist, persists.

Bring all of our troops and planes back home, step aside and let the french and brazilians have it...they want the glory, then let them do the heavy lifting.

We don't need to keep pouring out our soul to the world, only to have these two-bit countries and the UN trounce on it.

It's utterly amazing that we foot the lions share cost for the UN...even provide them a place to meet...and we're the first to get thrown under the bus by them everytime.

The current pres_ent should look into charging all member countries some RENT money for that fine building...maybe if he did he could knock a couple of bucks off the taxes of our own citizens for a change.

What a useless organization....

. UNecessary



23 posted on 01/17/2010 2:45:48 PM PST by FrankR (There will be no jobs until it is profitable for employers to hire people....PERIOD.)
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To: fatnotlazy

I see that Hilary has flown in, and Ban Ki Moon of the UN is flying in.

The amount of resources which will have to be diverted to protect these people, ferry them around, with their entourage and a flock of press with them, will prevent the real work from being done.

Celebrities and politicians are not needed in Haiti, and they should

STAY OUT!


24 posted on 01/17/2010 2:48:48 PM PST by CondorFlight (I)
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To: dumpthelibs

One African country said they’d take the entire population.


25 posted on 01/17/2010 2:49:10 PM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: CondorFlight
I agree re: celebs and politicians showing up for disasters. They do that here in the US too. Every time there is a hurricane or flood or whatever, they show up...not to work on relief efforts, but to get their faces on tv and in the newspapers. I think that when a celeb shows up at these disasters, someone oughta fit them with hip boots, overalls and shovels and tell them to get busy.
26 posted on 01/17/2010 2:59:36 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: CondorFlight

Wait until Rio has trouble putting on the Olympics-—and they say it was because they spent so much $$$$$ in Haiti!!!

Long term prediction, but let’s see how right I will be.


27 posted on 01/17/2010 3:02:44 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: muawiyah

Which one?


28 posted on 01/17/2010 3:03:35 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Kartographer
Brazil and France lodged an official ­protest with Washington after US military aircraft were given priority at Port-au-Prince's congested airport, forcing many non-US flights to divert to the Dominican Republic.

Yes, well I'm sure that they had a difficult time delivering the 2 boxes of "Cream of Wheat" and the "Zagnut" bar into the hands of the rescue forces (read: UNITED STATES) but it's best to reserve the airport for the people actually interested in helping.

29 posted on 01/17/2010 3:13:25 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Kartographer

Fine. let the French lead this, we help dig the Haitians out, get them medical, food, water, then leave. Let the rest of the world take care and pay for this.

If not— just scream Monroe Doctrine over and over, whilst placing fingers firmly in ears. Neener, we are king of the hill!

This bs is getting to be too much. Sounds like a bunch of mamas stinkin’ babies, pitchin a fit as folks are out there dyin’!


30 posted on 01/17/2010 3:13:57 PM PST by Irenic
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To: muawiyah

Senegal.


31 posted on 01/17/2010 3:19:32 PM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: CondorFlight
I see that Hilary has flown in, and Ban Ki Moon of the UN is flying in.

Well, now, that's interesting. With the country in shambles because of the quake, where are they staying? Bet they're not staying in a tent somewhere -- they have to have first class accommodations. Wonder what's going on behind the scenes.

32 posted on 01/17/2010 3:37:45 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (GOP: Stop listening, start doing -- we need new leaders!)
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To: shadeaud

Now that chaos reins in Haiti I suspect we won’t be hearing about that country 24/7.

God help those poor people.


33 posted on 01/17/2010 3:46:19 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Kartographer

we need to get out now before we get roped in and let the UN deal with this

we could still use a med ship for them and the return them back to the island after they are dealt with but we need to get the hell out now.

life was cheap over there and violence is the normal way of life for them and we don’t need to be there in the middle of that and their gang/drug turf.


34 posted on 01/17/2010 3:56:52 PM PST by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: teletech

we shouldn’t do any flights, let the UN do this

if they need medical help we have a med ship but our military needs to get out now as life is cheap on that island before and after the earth quake

are we supposed to wait for one of our boys to get into a fire fight before obama /media wakes up


35 posted on 01/17/2010 3:59:17 PM PST by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: muawiyah

good let them but for crying out loud get our boys and girls out of there and off that island.

if Americans want to help over there then let them but I see no reason why our military is over there and could get into a fire fight with the locals who look at killing a as sport before this so heaven knows how they will be now

If Africa wants to take the entire population then good for them


36 posted on 01/17/2010 4:02:31 PM PST by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: Kartographer

Obama’s fault!


37 posted on 01/17/2010 4:34:28 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Truth - Reality through the eyes of God.)
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To: Kartographer

Stop trying to help ingrates around the world.

Pull our troops and airplanes out of Haiti and pull the US out of that worthless gaggle of nincompoops known as the UN.


38 posted on 01/17/2010 5:03:37 PM PST by Iron Munro (God is great, Beer is good, People are crazy)
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To: Kartographer
I think this is a case of those who have no understanding of logistics criticizing those who do. What Port-au-Prince needs is warehouses where there is now wreckage, refueling facilities where there is now wreckage, and roads into town where there is now wreckage. Not to mention port facilities where there is now wreckage. Sending flights into places close by where all this stuff exists is an act of efficiency, not "annexation." The Guardian and AFP need to hit the soft pedal on their customary anti-American crap and let the pros do their work. IMHO.
39 posted on 01/17/2010 5:04:39 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: manc
we shouldn’t do any flights, let the UN do this

if they need medical help we have a med ship but our military needs to get out now as life is cheap on that island before and after the earth quake

are we supposed to wait for one of our boys to get into a fire fight before obama /media wakes up

Americans are generous people and I believe most would support us helping in Haiti but it's good to see the 82nd Airborne there just in case. This is a case where you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't. At the same time, we should get out ASAP.

40 posted on 01/17/2010 6:27:46 PM PST by teletech (Say NO to RINOS!)
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To: truthguy
Somebody needs to be in charge and it looks like Haiti is utterly incapable of running things for the moment.

That is the essence of the problem. If someone doesn't get a handle on the logistics, there will be no Haitian population left to save. Without fresh drinking water and food, millions will die.

41 posted on 01/17/2010 6:31:02 PM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority (Tyranny - are we there yet?)
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To: Kartographer

Let them take it up with the Haitian authorities who signed a MOU with the U.S. government concerning the running of the airport.


42 posted on 01/18/2010 1:11:23 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (I think not, therefore I don't exist!)
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