Sunday, April 29, 2007

Foreign Aid Offers Went Unaccepted

"And administration has used only fraction of allies' pledged donations in hurricane aftermath"

The low-lights of the piece:

"And while television sets worldwide showed images of New Orleans residents begging to be rescued from rooftops as floodwaters rose, U.S. officials turned down countless offers of allied troops and search-and-rescue teams. The most common responses: "sent letter of thanks" and "will keep offer on hand," the new documents show."

""There is a lack of accountability in where the money comes in and where it goes," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the public interest group, which called for an investigation into the fate of foreign aid offers. She added: "It's clear that they're trying to hide their ineptitude, incompetence and malfeasance.""

I don't actually have much to say here, the article speaks for itself. While I hope to focus this blog on positive and hopeful events in New Orleans and I know it isn't fun to read more bad news about a terrible situation, one can't get a full picture without including both the good and the bad. So here's the bad. Come back again for the good.

1 comment:

mosoubo said...

Reading this like this is so frustrating.

But on the other hand, it's so wonderful that you're down in NOLA doing what should have been done a long time ago. God bless, Rob! I miss you and I hope you're doing okay!